Friday, March 04, 2011

Local truckers react to proposed U.S.-Mexico rules

Thoughts are mixed at the local level about the effect of Thursday’s (Mar. 3) announcement that the U.S. and Mexico would implement long-delayed cross-border trucking provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

According to a statement from the American Trucking Associations, the agreement upholds previous requirements for Mexican trucks operating on U.S. highways. The most talked about provision of the agreement requires that Mexican-based trucking companies receive authority to operate in the U.S. from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. To receive the FMCSA approval, Mexican trucks must “meet the same safety standards as U.S. fleets and that those trucks are prohibited from hauling freight between destinations within the United States,” noted the ATA statement. Full Story...........

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