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.
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.
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.