Finally, the restriction that banned carriers in Mexico to be able to lease commercial vehicles from United States carriers to transport cargo inside USA, has been removed according to the publication of the Federal Register from FMSCA.
This limitation was established by the FMCSA, with the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999, and was maintained unto the compliance of specific obligations in the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement).
FMSCA carried out a U.S.-Mexico Cross Border Long-Haul Trucking Pilot Program during 3 years (from 2011 to 2014) to figure out the Mexican carriers’ ability for safe driving in the USA. Even though, the program did not have a high number of participants, FMCSA continued and, in January 2015, started to accept applications from Mexico based carriers for operating. The obligations are met and the restriction removed.
According to FMCSA, Mexico domiciled haulers can now lease equipment to United States carriers no matter where the cargo is being transported, if the vehicle meets FMCSA regulations. In this case, the liability of the operation of the CMVs leasing is from U.S hauler.