It's official. Soon, hundreds of Mexican trucks will haul freight within the United States as part of an agreement that will allow Mexican trucks on our highways in exchange for lower tariffs on US goods. Questions are being raised about the impact of this deal not just on trucking jobs in the United States, but also on the safety of our highways.
The Department of Transportation says that it will take steps to monitor the safety of Mexican trucks operating on our highways. These trucks will be outfitted with onboard recorders to electronically monitor drivers, and drivers will be required to have a working knowledge of the English language so that they can at least read highway signs. Frequent drug testing will also be conducted.
However, the Department of Transportation's promises are not doing much to assure this Newnan Truck Accident Lawyer's safety concerns. The electronic onboard monitoring of truck drivers is a good idea, but Mexican trucks, drivers and freight companies are simply not held to the same kind of standards as those in the United States. Insurance regulations for Mexican trucks are not the same as they are here. The average interstate trucking company in the United States is expected to carry at least $750,000.00 in liability coverage to cover the costs of personal injuries in the event of a tractor-trailer accident. It is certainly debatable whether the Department of Transportation even has the resources necessary to monitor the hundreds of Mexican trucks that will be operating our highways over the next several years.