March 13 - Lawsuit filed to obtain information about Bush's Mexico-domiciled trucks plan

The nonprofit group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with FMCSA in October 2006 for information about activities surrounding any program to evaluate Mexico-domiciled motor carriers that would be permitted to operate beyond the Mexico-United States border zone.

In February 2007, the Bush administration announced a 12-month pilot project to allow Mexico-domiciled trucks to operate beyond the border zone. Although agencies are required to respond to FOIA requests within 20 working days, FMCSA has not provided the requested documents about the program for months.

Highway safety groups maintain that the administration’s proposed project fails to comply with congressionally mandated safety requirements that must precede implementation of a 2001 NAFTA order requiring the border to be open to Mexico-domiciled trucks traveling throughout the United States, and fails to comply with rules governing the conduct of pilot projects. No details about the methodology for evaluating this “project” or its criteria have been revealed, yet public safety is at stake.

To read the entire press release, click here.

To read the lawsuit, click here.