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Rules Open Door to Mexican Trucks

Tuesday, 01 May 2001 12:00 AM

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed three new rules that would require safety inspections and permits for Mexican trucks seeking to carry loads on U.S. highways under the provisions of the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement.

"President Bush has made a firm commitment to implement the NAFTA trucking provisions," Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said. "These rule makings will help ensure that all Mexican trucks and drivers entering the United States will be subject to the same safety standards that apply to U.S. and Canadian carriers."

An impasse over allowing Mexican truckers to haul cargo anywhere in the United States has been a sore point for Washington in recent years. Mexico, however, has insisted that U.S. authorities adhere to a provision in NAFTA allowing free travel for truckers from all three signatory nations. The deadline was 2000.

Mexican trucks are currently restricted to cities and "commercial zones" within 20 miles of the border.

Organized labor and officials from some border states have fought the provision on the grounds that Mexican trucks are unsafe because of their age and presumed lack of maintenance. The Teamsters union earlier this month said that the "unsafe" Mexican trucks made 7 million crossings into the U.S. border commercial zones in 1999. The Transportation Department estimates there were 4 million crossings made by 63,000 trucks.

On the other hand, the trucking industry has supported free access to their Mexican counterparts because it will eliminate the time-consuming transfer of cargo from one truck to another at the border, and - heoretically - give U.S companies more opportunities to haul goods into Mexico.

Former President Bill Clinton, citing safety concerns, refused to adhere to the 2000 deadline, prompting a complaint from Mexico that was upheld Feb. 6 by a NAFTA arbitration panel.

Mineta said Mexican trucks were expected to gain free access to the United States by the end of the year.

According to American Trucking Association, about 190 Mexican trucking companies have applied for permission to operate in the United States.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Tuesday proposed regulations establishing an application process for Mexican truckers seeking permission to travel outside U.S. cities and commercial zones along the border. A separate application process would be set up for trucks that would remain in the border areas.

The application process would require Mexican carriers to file reports on their safety practices and certify that they are following U.S. safety regulations while in the United States.

The third proposed rule would require Mexican trucking companies to complete a safety audit every 18 months that would include detailed information on maintenance and repairs to vehicles as well as information about their drivers - including hours of rest, medical conditions and alcohol and drug testing.

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