Reactions to the New Cross Border Trucking Program
Oct 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM CST
Oct 24, 2011
This is the first time a commercial truck from Mexico crossed into the United States as part of the new cross border trucking program. "Right now there's ten businesses but without a doubt there will many more." Tamaulipas Governor Cantu was there for the celebration in Mexico as people cheered on the 29 year old driver as he made his way to the Gateway City. He and many others were excited about this historic event for the trucking business. "I think we're going in the right direction and like I said today is a great day." Cantu says it was a great day, but on this side of the border some truck drivers didn't feel the same way. "When I first heard about it, I couldn't keep my eyes on the road. I started tearing up. I started crying. I pulled into the first weigh station to ask them if it was true." This woman has been a trucker since December of last year. She said she picks up eight loads a week and is worried this new change will affect her loads by cutting them in half or even worse, causing her to lose her job. "I am extremely worried about it because I love my job. I really do." Along the same lines as this woman is a fellow truck driver who feels the same way. He says it has already slowed down the loads significantly. "Now we wind up having to sit quite a while waiting for everything to come through and there's quite a few of us that come in all at once." However another truck driver we spoke to said he's not as worried. "I don't think nobody should be worried about nothing because what's going to happen? We're all just truck drivers trying to make a living." Other truck drivers we spoke to today after the Mexican truck driver made his way into the U.S for the first time say as long as they follow the same safety guidelines, it's ok. "I don't have a problem with them coming over here. I personally don't want to go down there, so it works both ways." As far as how it will affect the trucking business in the US only time will tell. Lauren Kendrick Pro 8 News.