DOT-OIG’s interim report on cross-border project released

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The Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General has issued its interim report on the U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking demonstration project, as required by legislation enacted in May 2007. By law, DOT-OIG was required to issue an interim report at the six-month point of the demonstration project, which was initiated on Sept. 6, and a final report 60 days after the conclusion of the project.

DOT-OIG says its audit found that at the six-month point, fewer Mexican carriers and vehicles have participated in the project than expected. The low number of carriers currently participating is not sufficient to provide reliable statistical projections regarding safety attributes of Mexican carriers, the audit found. DOT-OIG says it has established and is supporting an independent panel to assess any adverse safety impacts from the project; however, the panel also is concerned that it will have insufficient data when the project ends.

Also, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration has established and enhanced mechanisms for state and federal monitoring and enforcement of safety rules, according to the audit; FMCSA records show that checks of Mexican vehicles and drivers are occurring at the border, but FMCSA does not have assurance that every participating truck and driver is checked every time it crosses the border into the United States because a key quality control measure designed to ensure this occurs has not been implemented.

To view the report, click here.