Senators file legislation that might delay Cross Border Pilot Program

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WASHINGTON (March 22, 2007) — An amendment offered today by three U.S. Senators to a Supplemental Appropriations bill now before Congress would effectively delay the Department of Transportation's limited one-year demonstration project to authorize up to 100 Mexican trucking companies finally to perform long-haul international operations within the U.S until such time as the Mexican government could reciprocate to U.S. carriers.

Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters announced the program Feb. 23, saying that that Mexican trucks already permitted on U.S. roads in border areas are as safe as trucks operated by American companies, and that her agency was prepared “to demonstrate to you, the Congress, and to the traveling public that we will be able to implement Section 350 successfully to allow Mexican trucks to operate safely beyond the commercial zone.”

The amendment, filed by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, D-N.D., and Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., would not allow the pilot to be implemented until “simultaneous and comparable authority to operate within Mexico is made available to motor carriers domiciled in the United States“ and requires that the pilot program adhere to title 49 of U.S. code for pilot programs conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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