April 4, 2013 12:00 PM, EDT
Two Mexican Carriers Fail Safety Audits for Cross-Border Trucking Program
Tom Biery/Trans Pixs

Two Mexican trucking companies have failed safety audits that are required for admission in the pilot program that allows some Mexico-based carriers into the interior of the United States, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said.

Transportes Mor SA de CV and Adriana de Leon Amaro failed their audits after FMCSA could not verify that the carriers had drug and alcohol testing programs that comply with U.S. regulations, the agency said in a Federal Register notice published Wednesday.

After the carriers failed that part of the audit, investigators did not complete other phases of the process to verify whether the Mexican companies maintained hours-of-service compliance, had proper insurance, or could show vehicle inspections or driver qualifications. Investigators also did not inspect any of the carriers’ vehicles, FMCSA said.

The carriers are the first to fail the Pre-Authorization Safety Audits under the pilot program, a three-year program started in October 2011 to comply with North American Free Trade Agreement rules. To date, 10 carriers had been allowed into the program.

The agency is only obligated to post information about successful audits, but “FMCSA committed in previous notices to provide information on the motor carriers that did not pass the PASA.”