in Texas have pushed through a bill that could ease commercial truck traffic
and congestion at the U.S./Mexico border.
Bill 185, which was introduced by Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso, and Sen.
Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, requires the state’s Border Commerce
Coordinator to investigate commercial vehicle inspections and how they can be
sped up at the border.
to the San Antonio Express-News, legislators have been frustrated with
the inefficiency and inaction of the six-year-old Border Commerce Coordinator’s
office and are hoping the bill will cause action.
not as satisfied as we’d like to be that enough has been done to address
certain issues,” Lucio said in the Express-News.
addition to speeding truck inspections, the bill will also help local
governments and community groups on both sides of the border work together, and
will require lower-sulfur diesel fuel for commercial vehicles.