Senator Mark Pryor today voiced opposition to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) proposed Mexican trucking pilot program. As part of the recent agreement between President Obama and Mexican President Calderon, the DOT announced that it will use U.S. taxpayer dollars to equip Mexican carriers with Electronic On-Board Recorders.
Senator Pryor has expressed ongoing concern about several provisions of the proposed pilot program. Specifically, he is concerned with the requirement to purchase Electronic On-Board Recorders for Mexican trucks with U.S. taxpayer money and the potential corruption of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials who are responsible for inspecting participating carriers.
"Electronic On-Board Recorders keep our highways safe by enforcing hours-of-service laws and keeping fatigued drivers off the road," Pryor said. "While I support these measures, it is unfair to ask taxpayers to pay for these devices in Mexican carriers, particularly in light of our current economic climate."