A Pennsylvania state lawmaker is calling for President Bush to comply with the federal law regarding trucks from Mexico.
State Rep. Dan Surra, D-Elk, has offered a resolution that urges the Bush administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation to obey recently enacted federal law.
“Allowing Mexican truckers and long-haul rigs on highways throughout the United States – absent the rigorous inspections and safety and training standards for U.S. trucks and truck drivers – is dangerous to the public,” Surra said in a written statement.
The pilot project was started in September 2007. It authorizes tractor-trailers from 11 Mexico-based trucking operations to cross the border and travel throughout the U.S.
Congress approved legislation late last year to stop funding for the pilot program, citing concerns that Mexican trucks don’t meet U.S. safety standards. The Bush administration and U.S. DOT, however, are continuing to allow the Mexico-based trucks to cross the border.
Surra is looking to put more pressure on the president and U.S. DOT to end the program.
“Keeping these Mexican trucks on U.S. highways is a direct violation of federal law, a law that the president himself signed,” Surra said. “It also puts many safe U.S. trucking companies and truck drivers at a competitive disadvantage in their own country.”
The resolution – HR612 – is awaiting consideration in the state’s House Transportation Committee.
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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor