OOIDA petitions to intervene in cross-border trucking lawsuit

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OODIA), a union representing US truck drivers, announced that it has filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals. The petition aims to induce the 9th Circuit to intervene in a cross-border trucking lawsuit against the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

The lawsuit, filed in March 2015 by teamsters and safety advocate groups, challenges the government’s decision to grant permanent operating authority to Mexico-domiciled trucking companies to conduct long-haul trucking services throughout the US.

OOIDA contends that the US DOT’s three-year pilot programme did not generate enough data to reach an informed conclusion about whether the border should be opened. It also questioned the evaluation and validity of the information collected during the pilot programme. OOIDA contends that the border should not be opened unless and until Mexico establishes equivalent regulatory trucking standards to that of the US and proves that its trucking industry can fully comply with US safety regulations.