Mexican trucking industry finds NAFTA's language rules problematic

| Thursday, June 27, 2002

At least 11 of the 22 rules set by the United States on Mexican truckdrivers suffer from insolvable problems and are discriminatory, sources from Mexico's Transport and Communications Secretariat (SCT) are saying. For example, says SCT, to work in the United States, Mexican truckers need to be able to speak English, but it is not defined how much.

On June 20, U.S. Commerce Secretary Don Evans said Mexican trucks should be traveling U.S. highways by the end of the summer. Mexican news sources reported this week that the SCT is saying NAFTA rules are problematic because they are subject to much free interpretation. However, Evans told reporters in Mexico last week he expects President George W. Bush to soon declare the controversial safety regulations as final.

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