Anybody traveling on the road April 23-25 Needs to see this
Monday, April 16, 2007
The Great American Truck Out
ByDallie Miessner Howerton/Special to The Press
Published: Monday, April 9, 2007 4:27 PM CDT
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On February 23, 2007, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters announced a new one-year pilot program scheduled to begin within the next 60 days that would allow truck drivers from Mexico to deliver goods across the country in an effort to further implement sections of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The ‘demonstration project' will allow drivers from 100 Mexican trucking companies to drive past the 25-75 mile ‘commercial zones' on the border and deliver goods to their final destinations within the continental United States - a practice that has many American truck drivers and safety advocates outraged.
“We are committed to retaining a high level of security and safety standards under this program,” said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. “The tough security measures we already have in place will remain unchanged, resulting in a smart and secure approach to safeguarding the border.” (roll eyes)
“Today's announcement is another sign of the strength of the U.S.-Mexico relationship and a further step towards making our economies globally competitive, promoting mutual economic growth and prosperity while continuing to protect the safety of our borders,” said Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez.
“Safety is the number one priority and strict U.S. safety standards won't change,” Secretary Gutierrez continued. “We will continue to work closely with President Calderon and his administration on ways we can further enhance the commerce of our countries and the competitiveness of our hemisphere without sacrificing safety or security.”
Concerned about the security implications of this new trucking provision of NAFTA, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation convened a hearing to question Administration officials on the proposed pilot program.
At the hearing, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters vowed that the pilot program participants will have to adhere to strict safety guidelines. These guidelines were met with heavy criticism however-in part because driver testing will be conducted in Mexico, where results could be easily compromised.
Secretary Peters said the Mexican trucks would carry international loads only. What she did not say was that the purpose of the plan is to utilize deep-sea Mexican ports to unload containers from China and the Far East as part of the NAFTA super-highway plan, which effectively removes the Longshoremen that handle the cargo at U.S. ports from the equation, as well as the American truckers who haul from those U.S. ports to the their final destination.
Despite all the assurances from these government officials, the truckers and safety advocates aren't buying it. Nor should they!
Thousands of truckers have committed to taking part in the three day “Truck Out” Boycott on April 23-25 to coincide with a rally planned in Washington DC. The boycott is a nationwide effort to STOP the process of displacing American Truckers from their jobs and show President Bush and Congress that the real lifeblood and backbone of this country is the American trucker!
The point of the boycott is to shut all trucking down and surround every state capital with a convoy of trucks, cars and motorcycles to protest the corrupt plans our government has to destroy our trucking industry, and our nation.
All American truckers are encouraged to fly the American Flag, place “Stop The Invasion” signs on their rigs, and make an all out effort to let the American people know that they oppose the continued selling out of America by our elected officials!
“Truck Out” points:
1. Soon after he was elected, President Bush promised in 2001 to open the border with Mexico. In less than 45 days, he plans to allow 17,000 or more Mexican trucks and truckers into our country with no checks and balances in place. Rigs will be allowed in with no weight regulations, no load restrictions, and will not be under the same security scrutiny that American truckers' loads have to comply to. This opens the door to more drugs, terrorists, weapons and human smuggling. Some with no insurance, no drivers licenses and criminal driving records, no background checks.
2. These truckers can haul for far less per load than our own truckers and will take their jobs. This is not a threat; it has been in the planning stages for several years now. American truckers will lose their jobs.
3. This constitutes a complete breakdown of the current trucking laws and regulations that govern our teamster truckers and Independent trucking organizations. This will work to destroy the truckers livelihoods and futures.
On CNN's Lou Dobbs, Lisa Sylvester reported “The Transportation Department says the Mexican drivers will meet U.S. safety requirements. Despite reassurances, critics say the U.S. government is opening the country to increased drug traffic.”
“Mexican truck drivers are supposed to undergo drug and alcohol testing, but there is not a single certified drug testing laboratory in Mexico,” Sylvester said. “U.S. drivers have to pass rigorous testing to be licensed in the United States. The bar is much lower for Mexican drivers.”
“There are so many unresolved issues including, will U.S. law enforcement have access to Mexican truck drivers' driving records? How will the U.S. government check every truck in the pilot program before it enters the United States as promised?”
“And if the pilot program were extended, they would have to check 4.6 million trucks entering the United States from Mexico. These questions have not been fully answered, yet somehow the Department of Transportation expects to begin this program within 60 days.”
Lou Dobbs responded, “You might be able to put that under the heading both on the part of the Department of Transportation, arrogance and ignorance. Anybody asking the question what happens to American truck drivers as a result of this program?
Whether the boycott will actually take place remains to be seen, but you may want to plan ahead. Nobody stocks anything anymore, which means that within three days, all grocery shelves could be bare, and gas stations closed.
Jo Ellis told us this was going to happen when she first wrote about the North American super highway. This is the beginning.
Just some food for thought