October 15, 2014 11:00 AM, EDT

FMCSA Allows Mexican Carriers to Continue U.S. Operations, Post-Pilot Program

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Mexico-based trucks that participated in the U.S. Transportation Department’s cross-border pilot program will be allowed to continue operating north of the border even though the three-year program ended Oct. 14, a spokeswoman said.

The program is being evaluated by Transportation’s Office of Inspector General and by the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, a part of the department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. FMCSA spokeswoman Marissa Padilla said the decision covers 13 carriers that have standard operating authority within the United States.

“Prior to making any additional determinations regarding cross-border trucking issues or specific carriers, the department will await expected reports on the pilot program,” she said.

The 13 companies will continue to be subject to regular border inspections and applicable U.S. trucking laws and regulations.