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.