Alex Theissen Long
President
National Association of Private Transport (ANTP)
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New Trucking Techonology Key to Stregthening Road Safety

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:58

Q: How do transportation and logistics companies benefit from being affiliated with ANTP?

A: Our association of transportation users and service providers represent 80% of Mexico’s shipments moved by truck. We have more than 150 affiliated companies, most of which are major companies that need transportation services. These include FEMSA, Bimbo, CEMEX, PepsiCo, Lala, and Walmart, as well as other shippers that export large volumes of products from Mexico. Some of our members are the transportation companies that service our affiliates, or are looking for those opportunities. The main benefit for companies being associated with ANTP is that they have legal representation. Whenever a new law that affects the industry is put in place, our organization protects our members’ interests and ensures that the best guidelines are established in terms of logistics and transportation. We always offer views and opinions to the pertinent authorities before any regulation is established, specifically in four areas of concern, namely safety, environmental friendliness, infrastructure, and protecting the productivity of companies. For instance, we are currently implementing the new NOM-012 for weight and dimensions alongside the federal government to determine the permit process and necessary documentation. In addition, we are working with Mexico City’s local government on the new mobility law, which restricts the hours of service, the types of vehicles, and the roads our members can transit, in order to define a strategy that will not affect the industry negatively. We also work with other associations such as CANACAR and CONCAMIN, in order to represent the industry in the best way possible and to come up with the fullest ideas to reach our goals.

Q: What are ANTP’s flagship projects?

A: ANTP has now been awarding the National Security Award for 15 years in order to promote companies that have high levels of safety in the transportation field. To achieve this, we request information regarding drivers, driving habits, and truck specifications, before holding an auditing process to ensure that companies comply with our standards, or to give them the information they need to make appropriate improvements. We also award drivers based on their driving record and tested abilities, holding an event in Mexico City to present them with the awards.

Q: Many believe that the limits outlined within the NOM012 are a cause of road accidents. What is ANTP’s stance on this issue?

A: Many factors affect road safety, including truck dimensions, road types and conditions, and the skill levels of the drivers. Risks are also increased because everyone is looking to boost productivity. If loaded correctly, a truck with large dimensions can achieve high productivity levels without compromising safety or damaging infrastructure. We are pushing for the introduction of bigger trucks and the appropriate infrastructure in order to reduce the number of trucks on the road and the probability of accidents, as well as lowering emissions and toll costs. Mexico’s highway infrastructure is being underused due to its high toll costs, therefore we suggested changes regarding double axle vehicles to the government. We proposed that they must have air suspensions, electronic engines, and controlled speed mechanisms, to name a few adaptations. There is technology available to match the double axle needs, such as dollies, tires, engines, and electronic transmissions, which all further improve the ease of driving and, therefore, driver safety. The industry should focus on driver training and fatigue management, and ultimately safety specificities must be applied to the legal norms by the government. By promoting productivity without losing sight of safety ANTP can help to reduce operating costs in the logistics business.

Q: What are ANTP’s major ambitions for 2015?

A: Our biggest project is implementing the NOM-012 without harming Mexico’s productivity, while working on promoting safety, technological developments, and establishing proper guidelines. Many government regulations will be changed, as well as connectivity rules such as a road permit program that will slightly affect productivity but will immensely improve safety. These permits will restrict the use of roads to those who have been credited with the appropriate documentation to verify that they meet safety standards. There is a direct correlation between connectivity and productivity, and we must ensure the correct mechanisms are in place to solidify this. Finally, we are working directly with OEMs on the creation of new vehicles that comply with new environmental specifications.