Texas bill looks to solve border congestion issues

| Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Legislators in Texas have pushed through a bill that could ease commercial truck traffic and congestion at the U.S./Mexico border.

Senate 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.

According 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.

“We’re not as satisfied as we’d like to be that enough has been done to address certain issues,” Lucio said in the Express-News.

In 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.

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