government has unveiled a financing program intended to help modernize
the country's aging trucking fleet, Dow Jones Newswires reports.
development bank Nacional Financiera, or Nafin, has begun a $73.8
million program together with heavy-truck manufacturers to lend
small Mexican carriers up to 80 percent of the cost of a new big
rig. International, Kenworth, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo have offered
credit lines for the program.
is needed in view of plans to open U.S. borders to Mexican trucks,
Mexican trucking officials say. On average, Mexican 18-wheelers
have been on the road 16 years while most U.S. trucks have been
in use about five years, according to news reports.
Guerra, executive president of Mexico's National Association of
Bus and Truck Manufacturers, notes that an outdated motor emits
up to 20 times more contaminants than a new motor.
statistics from the U.S. Customs Service indicate that in fiscal
year 2001, a total of 4,322,149 Mexican trucks entered the United
States. Most entered via Texas (2,921,803); followed by California
(1,023,597); Arizona (341,898); and New Mexico (34,851).