Mexican truck access won't happen June 1, DOT says

| Friday, May 17, 2002

DOT officials told Land Line the June 1, 2002, deadline for opening U.S. borders to Mexican trucks will be delayed until late June or perhaps sometime in July.

Mexican press reports recently said the June 1 date "will happen," but DOT said U.S. borders will open only after federal reports certify there's no risk from Mexican trucks gaining access to U.S. highways.

Specifically, DOT said three things must happen before the border opens: DOT's Inspector General's office must stipulate in a report that opening the border does not impose a risk; DOT Secretary Norman Mineta must also certify there's no-risk; and finally, President Bush must lift the moratorium.

Despite the delay, DOT said it's building border area facilities and training new border agents and inspectors.

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