Mexican Carrier Safety Improving

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has reported Mexican-domiciled commercial vehicles entering the United States from 2008-2010 had a significantly improved safety record over previous years.

Last month, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration agency posted summaries of major safety activities, such as inspections conducted on Mexican trucks and buses crossing the Southern border into the United States. Federal funding legislation for fiscal years 2008-2010 has required reports on the safety and security of these carriers be submitted annually to congressional appropriations committees.

The out-of-service rate for drivers of Mexican-domiciled CMVs inspected at the border during 2010 was just more than 1 percent and the OOS rate for vehicles nearly 17 percent. By comparison, the national OOS average of all U.S. inspections was almost 5.3 percent for drivers and nearly 20 percent for CMVs for that year.

License check data for FY 2004 -2010 was conducted through Mexico’s Federal commercial driver’s license system, Licencia Federal Information System, the Commercial Driver’s License Information System, and the International Justice and Public Safety Network, during roadside or border facility inspections.

That year, almost 99 percent of 254,397 driver’s license were valid that were conducted on Mexico-domiciled drivers entering or operating in the United States.

In FY1993, the OOS rates for drivers of Mexican CMVs were close to 25 percent and more than 50 percent for vehicles. During1993-2010, truck and bus entries from Mexico into the United States increased 96 percent.

In FY 2009, driver and vehicle OOS rates for Mexico-domiciled CMVs was nearly 2 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Driver and vehicle OOS rates for Mexico-domiciled CMVs were slightly more than 1 and 21 percent respectively for FY 2008.