After more than a decade, the US may finally allow Mexican truckers on US highways, something we actually agreed to in NAFTA:
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals inlate on
Friday denied an emergency petition sought by the Teamsters
union, the Sierra Club and consumer group Public Citizen to
halt the start of a that was approved by
Congress after years of legal and political wrangling.
I guess I can understand the Teamsters attempt to have the government shield them from competition -- that has practically become a national sport. And I presume that the Sierra Club has some environmental concerns with Mexican trucks, though that seems flimsy given trucks must meet US environmental requirements and my guess is that Mexican trucks are at least as fuel efficient as US trucks. But how can a nominal consumer group possibly justify this action? Blocking competition in any part of the economy can only increase prices and reduce choices for consumers, particularly in an area like trucking that has almost no impact on the safety of the products actually being shipped. I wish I could say this was some strange exception, but consumer groups have for years backed protectionist efforts that do nothing but hurt consumers.