House panel OKs some Mexican truck entry

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Up to 1,000 Mexican trucks and buses would be permitted to cross the border and use U.S. roadways for the next three years under a bill endorsed by a House panel Wednesday.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted 66-0 to restrict the U.S. Transportation secretary to opening the border to 100 carriers based in Mexico. They would be allowed to use a maximum of 1,000 vehicles under the pilot program. The bill next goes to the full House.

The bill also specifies criteria for the pilot program before it can start, including setting up an independent panel to evaluate the test program and getting certification from the inspector general that safety and inspection requirements have been met.

The Bush administration announced in February that it would soon let 100 Mexican trucking companies travel beyond the current 20-mile limit from the border for a one-year pilot project.

The Senate passed a measure requiring that the pilot program be conducted and that the U.S. get similar trucking privileges in Mexico as part of a bill providing money for the war in Iraq. That bill, however, has been vetoed by President Bush.
source: chron.com
 

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