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FMCSA asking for comments on what could be 12th NAFTA pilot participant

The agency will publish a notice in the Federal Register notice Tuesday announcing that Servicio de Transporte Internacional y Local SA de CV, based in Juarez, Colima, Mexico, had passed its Pre-Authorization Safety Audit, including 20 trucks and 13 drivers.

By LYNDON FINNEY
The Trucker Staff

4/30/2013

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking for public comments on the application of a Mexico-domiciled carrier that if granted authority to participate in the U.S.-Mexico Pilot Program on NAFTA Trucking Provisions would double the number of participating trucks and almost double the number of participating drivers.

The agency will publish a notice in the Federal Register notice Tuesday announcing that Servicio de Transporte Internacional y Local SA de CV, based in Juarez, Colima, Mexico, had passed its Pre-Authorization Safety Audit, including 20 trucks and 13 drivers.

If granted authority, Servicio de Transporte Internacional would likely become the 12th Mexico-domiciled carrier to participate in the project.

There are currently 10 carriers with operating authority, but the agency is in the process of taking comments until May 6 on RAM Trucking SA de CV to become the 11th carrier.

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Thus far, no organizations or groups have come forward to publicly oppose RAM Trucking’s approval, which has been the case with some previous applicants.

The agency will accept comments on Servicio de Transporte Internacional (STIL) for 10 business days following publication in the Federal Register.

The FMCSA acknowledged that through the PASA process it was determined that

STIL had affiliations not identified in the original application.

STIL submitted for the record a letter confirming the relationship with a U.S.-domiciled motor carrier, and during the vetting process, the FMCSA confirmed that STIL did not establish or use the affiliated companies to evade FMCSA regulation in continuing motor carrier operations, or for the purpose of avoiding or hiding previous non-compliance or safety problems.

The carrier does, however, have two CSA scores well above the intervention threshold.

Federal records show a 99.9 score in Driver Fitness, most the result of non-English speaking drivers being inspected inside U.S. borders, and a 94.4 score in Vehicle Maintenance, primarily the result of 762 violations the past two years for No/defective lighting devices/reflective devices/projected.

Anyone wishing to submit comments need to identify those comments by Federal Docket Management System Number FMCSA-2011-0097. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

• Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

• Fax: 1- 202-493-2251.

• Mail: Docket Management Facility, (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation

(DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room 12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

• Hand Delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET,

Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202–366–9329.

The Trucker staff can be reached to comment on this article at editor@thetrucker.com.

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