American Public Put at Risk on Highways by Bush Administration Unsafe Mexican Trucks Could Cross U.S. Border Soon

Aug 30, 2007, 01:00 ET from International Brotherhood of Teamsters

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamsters General
 President Jim Hoffa released the following statement today in response to
 the Bush administration's opposition to the Teamsters filing a request for
 a court injunction in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
 The Teamsters sought to block the Department of Transportation's reckless
 plan to open the U.S. border to unsafe Mexican trucks:
     "This is just more deceit from the Bush administration," said Teamsters
 General President Jim Hoffa. "They've been trying to sneak this program
 into existence for years and we can't even force them to tell the truth by
 going to court."
     "Their court filing says the truck safety agency will satisfy all the
 safety requirements that Congress ordered, and we know that would be
 impossible," Hoffa said. "For example, they claim that all Mexican motor
 carriers can comply with drug and alcohol testing requirements. How can
 that be when there are no drug testing labs in Mexico?"
     "We are confident the court will side with the American traveling
 public."
     In its court filing, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
 relinquished is original start date of Saturday, September 1 to open the
 border to unsafe trucks. The DOT has announced that it will start the pilot
 program no earlier than Thursday, September 6, 2007.
 
 

SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamsters General
 President Jim Hoffa released the following statement today in response to
 the Bush administration's opposition to the Teamsters filing a request for
 a court injunction in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
 The Teamsters sought to block the Department of Transportation's reckless
 plan to open the U.S. border to unsafe Mexican trucks:
     "This is just more deceit from the Bush administration," said Teamsters
 General President Jim Hoffa. "They've been trying to sneak this program
 into existence for years and we can't even force them to tell the truth by
 going to court."
     "Their court filing says the truck safety agency will satisfy all the
 safety requirements that Congress ordered, and we know that would be
 impossible," Hoffa said. "For example, they claim that all Mexican motor
 carriers can comply with drug and alcohol testing requirements. How can
 that be when there are no drug testing labs in Mexico?"
     "We are confident the court will side with the American traveling
 public."
     In its court filing, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
 relinquished is original start date of Saturday, September 1 to open the
 border to unsafe trucks. The DOT has announced that it will start the pilot
 program no earlier than Thursday, September 6, 2007.
 
 SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters