US and Mexico Truck Inspection Standards Update March 2016

US and Mexico Truck Inspection Standards Update March 2016


Many drivers and company owners believe that the future of truck driving lies in international routes. Companies that expand into Canada and Mexico enjoy a market that has been largely untapped by other American companies. However, disagreements over truck inspection standards have made it difficult for some companies to make full use of international routes.


Keep reading to learn about the March 2016 change in US and Mexico truck inspection standards.


History of Mexico Standards

In the past, the FMCSA considered Mexico truck inspection standards to be far more relaxed than US standards, to the point that trucks from Mexico were considered to be a threat on US roads. Prior to this past year, Mexico law allowed drivers to have their trucks inspected and passed at commercial garages. The law also permitted drivers to pass inspections using Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance standards.


Newly Adopted Mexico Driving Standards

 Mexico law has changed in response to these issues, creating safer roads for Mexico drivers and making it easier for trucks originating in Mexico to make it into the United States. Mexico now requires trucks to be inspected every year at inspection centers approved by the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes. To be allowed to travel on American roads, trucks originating in Mexico must contain a copy of their most recent inspection report and have a decal that indicates that they have passed US inspection requirements.


American Review Process

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration once again reviewed Mexico truck inspection standards in March 2016. Their review found that Mexico compliance dates are somewhat different from US compliance dates. These compliance dates include safety components like ABS. However, these differences were not enough for the FMCSA to consider Mexico inspection standards significantly different from US inspection standards. The report showed that the pass-fail criteria for Mexico inspections is comparable to US criteria CCJ Digital, 2016).



This decision may make it easier for US-based truck carriers to begin expanding into the Mexican market, providing additional route options and increase mileage for some drivers.