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Teamsters appeals ruling on Mexico pilot program, says it contradicts previous rulings

“The panel’s dismissal of Petitioners’ claims … conflicts with decisions of this court and the U.S. Supreme Court,” a Teamsters news release stated.

The Trucker News Services

6/4/2013

The Teamsters Union has appealed a court ruling upholding the legality of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Mexico cross-border truck program, maintaining the pilot plan contradicts previous court opinions and “undercuts” federal environmental policies.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last month upheld the legality of the pilot program to open U.S. borders to Mexican trucks.

“The panel’s dismissal of Petitioners’ claims … conflicts with decisions of this court and the U.S. Supreme Court,” a Teamsters news release stated.

The court found that Mexico-domiciled trucks don’t have to comply with federal safety requirements for vehicles introduced into interstate commerce but the Teamsters said that conclusion is “not only wrong, but contradicts a previous D.C. Circuit opinion about safety regulations for tires [the National Association of Motor Bus Owners v. Brinegar].”

The Teamsters were joined in their petition for rehearing by the Sierra Club and the two groups challenged the ruling on the grounds that it “violates the precedent that federal agencies must consider the environmental consequences of their actions before making decisions.”

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