By Vic Baffoni
Vice President, Bus Dept.
The Bush Administration did it again.
Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters extended the right of foreign-operated trucking and transit companies to operate across the U.S. border without requiring them to even have a minimum of safeguards for U.S. citizens on U.S. roads.
The U.S. Department of Transportation requires U.S. licensed drivers to be tested, certified and comply with numerous laws and rules.
Yet foreign drivers do not have to abide by any of these requirements.
Equipment inspection, certification of ability to operate equipment, drug testing and hours of service requirements have made our roads safer.
The UTU has protested loudly and has a commitment from Rep. Jim Oberstar (D.-Minn.), who chairs the House Transportation Committee, to overturn Ms. Peters’ action. We are committed to our members and the riding public to keep the roads safe for them and their families.
The UTU Bus and Legislative Departments continue to fight the mandated changes to drug testing (observed testing).
We have joined with the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO to make a concerted effort to protect our members’ personal rights.
To contact me, call the UTU International headquarters at (216) 228-9400, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EDT.
Send e-mail to me at email@example.com.
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