Department of Transportation lacks an effective plan and the facilities
to ensure that Mexican trucks operating in the United States comply
with American safety and environmental standards, according to
a congressional report released Tuesday.
Accounting Office said the U.S. government and most border states
are not prepared to ensure that Mexican-domiciled carriers meet
U.S. safety standards, outlined in legislation last year that
broke the impasse to allow the trucks full access to U.S. roads.
The GAO also concluded that relatively few Mexican carriers are
ready to kick off cross-border operations because they have not
yet drummed up enough business in the United States, have had
difficulty obtaining competitively priced insurance and high registration
found extensive shortcomings in the DOT's preparations for the
border opening, and noted that it criticized the department for
the same failures in earlier reports. "Although some progress
has been made, there is continued uncertainty about the extent
to which Mexican commercial trucks meet U.S. safety standards,"
said the GAO, Congress' investigative arm.
have not obtained permanent space for inspections of Mexican trucks
at any of the 25 southwest border ports of entry, which is crucial
for conducting regular, rigorous inspections, the GAO said. Instead,
federal officials are using space provided by the U.S. Customs