and U.S. officials in San Antonio, TX, last week ironed out
rules on insurance before the Texas and California borders are
opened to Mexican trucks this summer. Mexican officials scheduled
to talk on customs and immigration reportedly failed to appear.
However, about six Mexican officials were present to discuss
insurance issues, said David M. Golden, director of commercial
lines, the National Association of Independent Insurers, who
attended the meetings.
rules, Mexican trucking companies must have valid insurance
from a U.S.-licensed insurance company. Also, vehicles will
only be able to enter the United States at commercial border
crossings when a certified inspector is on duty. In addition,
carrier insurance will be provided by both standard and surplus
lines insurance companies.
conference also included a review of the new database created
by the Mexican Transportation Agency that will track Mexican
drivers' hours of service, valid drivers licensing and safety
records and other factors required of American truckdrivers."The
challenge now is to make this information available to American
underwriters as they evaluate the insurance risks associated
with Mexican motor carriers operating in the United States,"