WASHINGTON (April 19, 2013)—A three-judge federal appeals court panel Friday turned down lawsuits by two groups seeking to block a pilot program allowing Mexican trucks to operate throughout the U.S.
The three-judge panel denied challenges by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.
Among other things, the groups were challenging the program on safety, environmental and medical fitness grounds.
The court said it found none to be persuasive.
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement that took effect about two decades ago, trucks from both countries were supposed to have unhindered access to highways on either side of the border.