Supreme Court agreed Dec. 15 to intervene in a 20-year-old fight over allowing
Mexican trucks and buses on U.S. roadways, The
Associated Press reported.
court will hear an appeal from the Bush administration, which wants to open the
border to Mexican trucks without a court-ordered environmental study.
$1.8 million study is expected to take a year or more, further delaying the
border opening President Bush ordered last fall over long-standing opposition
from U.S. labor, consumer and environmental organizations.
consumer group Public Citizen, the Teamsters and others sued on safety and
environmental grounds, and a federal appeals court ruled earlier this year that
the government must perform the lengthy study.
Bush administration has said it will comply with that order, but also appealed
to the Supreme Court in September.
Since 1982, trucks
from Mexico have been allowed only in 20-mile commercial border zones, where
Mexican rigs must transfer their cargo to U.S. trucks for deliveries within the
Mexican trucks make
approximately 4.5 million border crossings every year, and it is cumbersome and
expensive to offload cargo to U.S. trucks, the administration appeal said.