Audit Initiated of NAFTA Cross-Border Trucking Pilot Program
On October 14, 2011, the Department granted provisional authority to the first Mexican carrier in its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) cross-border trucking pilot program. This action formally initiated the pilot program. Legislation passed in fiscal year 2007 requires the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to review FMCSA's implementation of pilot programs for granting long-haul authority to Mexico-domiciled motor carriers. Accordingly, we are initiating this audit.
The specific objectives will be to determine whether: (1) the Department has established sufficient mechanisms to determine whether the pilot program is adversely affecting motor carrier safety, (2) Federal and State monitoring and enforcement activities are sufficient to ensure that participants in the pilot program are complying with all applicable laws and regulations, and (3) the pilot program consists of a representative and adequate sample of Mexico–domiciled carriers that are likely to engage in cross-border operations beyond the United States municipalities and commercial zones on the United States–Mexico border.