July 9 is comment deadline for cross-border program

Published July, 16 2007

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is extending the comment period for its Federal Register notice concerning the Mexican cross-border trucking demonstration program until the close of business July 9.

The comment period was to have expired June 28. The FMCSA cited glitches in the docket computer service as the reason for the extension. Comments can be made by clicking here. The required docket number is FMCSA-2007-28055.

“In the spirit of transparency, we have extended the comment period to give the public more time to review supplemental information added to the docket and because of technical problems due to relocation of the docket computer servers, which interfered with viewing access,” said FMCSA Administrator John Hill in a written statement.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association earlier this month sent out a call for truckers to add to the 1,600-plus comments already filed on the cross-border issue of Mexican trucks coming to the United States.

The FMCSA has signaled the Bush administration’s determination to expand Mexican carrier operations in the United States by publishing information required by Congress before the program could move forward.

In late May, Congress enacted emergency funding legislation that imposed additional burdens on the Bush administration before it could move forward with the project. In the June 8 Federal Register, FMCSA provided additional details on the demonstration project.