Mexican truck drivers and officials of Pharr, TX, have
temporarily smoothed over a controversy involving fines for safety violations
and bridge toll increases.
The truck companies,
represented mainly by the Mexican trucking association Camara Nacional de Carga
(CANACAR), say growing fines and increased tolls are cutting into their
profits. The group threatened a border protest, but agreed recently to table
any action while negotiations are ongoing, according to press accounts.
Truckers say that Texas
Department of Public Safety troopers have been issuing too many citations for
what they consider minor or first offenses. They often must pay fines
immediately, which delays shipments.
worked out calls for a monthly meeting to discuss the situation and try to
defuse hostilities. CANACAR will give ID cards to members, which would allow
them to defer payment of fines up to 10 days. And Pharr officials would lobby
the state Legislature to change the law so carriers would be allowed time to
fix safety violations before being fined.