Friday, January 14, 2011

Still another reason to close the border to Mexican trucks: Trinity Industries

The Bush administration came under a lot of criticism when it was running its failed pilot program to open the border to Mexican trucks back in late 2007 through 2008.

Bush's Transportation Department claimed that all the trucks in the program had passed rigorous safety inspections. Then it turned out that one trucking company that had passed such a "rigorous safety inspection" had a record of 112 safety violations per truck -- according to the administration's own data. That company was Trinity Industries.

A Transportation Department spokesman said Trinity's violations were "minor" -- but that spokesman probably wouldn't know a Trinity Industry truck if it bit him in the ass. Trinity then dropped out of the program, saying it had never really intended to participate.