Mexican truck entry set for summer's end

| 6/24/2002

Mexican trucks should be traveling U.S. highways by the end of the summer, U.S. Commerce Secretary Don Evans said June 20, AP reports. DOT officials earlier said Mexican truck entry would occur by mid-summer.

Evans told reporters in Mexico he expects President George W. Bush to soon declare the controversial safety regulations as final.

Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexican trucks were supposed to travel throughout the United States by Jan. 1, 2000. The trucks are currently restricted to a commercial zone along the border.

Bush wants Mexican trucks to be allowed into the United States, but congressional members blocked the move last summer, demanding more safety checks. The two sides reached an agreement at the end of 2001 that calls for onsite inspections of Mexican carriers and stricter border checks.

Meanwhile, Mexican President Vicente Fox warned that if the United States does not live up to its end of NAFTA soon, he would consider banning U.S. trucks from Mexican territory.