CVSA supports Texas' view on border inspection locations

| Friday, July 26, 2002

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has written the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in support of the Department of Public Safety's position that commercial vehicle safety inspection facilities should be constructed at border crossing points rather than at a location further inland.

In a related development, Laredo, TX, Mayor Betty Flores said plans to locate inspection facilities at border-crossing bridges should be blocked, in view of resulting traffic backups and higher costs for commercial operations. She wants federal and state inspection facilities located outside city limits and away from the border.

Her position puts her at odds with the TxDOT, whom Flores said she would sue if there's a decision to put the facilities near bridges. She said the decision should not be made without local input.

However, CVSA said any site other than at the border could create an expanded commercial zone that could compromise Texas highway safety. Also, CVSA said enforcement procedures should be uniform at all border crossing sites with Mexico including location of inspection sites.

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