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House lawmakers vote to end access for Mexican trucks


WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives ignored a White House veto threat Tuesday and voted to end a pilot program that gives Mexican trucks access to U.S. highways.  

The Bush administration stressed that the United States is obligated, under the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, to open American roads to Mexican truckers, and terminating the year-old demonstration project would have repercussions for American trucks allowed into Mexico. Passage of the House bill, it said, “would pose significant and immediate risks to U.S. interests.”  

The pilot project, which gives up to 500 trucks from 100 Mexican companies access to U.S. roads, is opposed by trucking, consumer and environmental groups who say it would eliminate American jobs, and Mexican trucks are subject to less-stringent safety regulations than those in the United States. They say Mexico lacks adequate drug testing and hours-of-service standards, and the program could contribute to smuggling or insurance fraud.   More from TheTrucker


September 10, 2008 - Posted by | Border Security, trucking | , , ,

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