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North American Free Trade Agreement : coordinated operational plan needed to ensure Mexican trucks' compliance with U.S. standards

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    • TRIS Online Accession Number:
      922892
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      NTL-FREIGHT-Trucking Industry ; NTL-LAWS AND REGULATIONS-Federal Standards and Rules ;
    • Abstract:
      In response to concerns about the safety of Mexican trucks, the General Accounting Office (GAO) was asked to examine (1) the extent to which Mexican-domiciled commercial trucks are likely to travel beyond U.S. border commercial zones once the border is fully opened, (2) U.S. government agencies' efforts to ensure that Mexican commercial carriers meet U.S. safety and emissions standards, and (3) how Mexican government and private sector efforts contribute to ensuring that Mexican commercial vehicles entering the United States meet U.S. safety and emissions standards. Briefly, results of the GAO examination suggest that relatively few Mexican carriers are expected to initially operate beyond the commercial zones once the United States fully opens its highways to Mexican carriers. Specific regulatory and economic factors limit the number of Mexican carriers operating beyond the commercial zones. The Department of Transportation does not have a fully developed or approved operational plan in conjunction with border states to ensure that Mexican-domiciled carriers comply with U.S. safety standards. While the Mexican government has developed truck safety regulations and taken steps to enforce safety and air emissions standards, these efforts are relatively recent and it is thus too early to assess their effectiveness. Apart from government efforts, Mexican private sector and industry groups also report conducting activities to improve the safety of Mexican commercial vehicles.
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