Photo: Mexican Trucks Charged with Safety Violations
Between 2007 through the first six months of 2011, Texas state inspectors have found one million safety violations on trucks coming in from Mexico and entering the U.S.
Mexican trucks that are entering the U.S. at the Texas-Mexico border are inspected at the Bridge of Americas and the Zaragonza International Bridge – both border bridges. At those locations state inspectors conducted 1.2 million inspections in which 1 million violations were found.
The safety violations range from broken tail lights to bad brakes to flat tires. The most severe violators resulted in trucks and drivers being taken out of service. In that four year period 31,519 Mexican trucks and 625 drivers were taken off the road and not allowed to entered the U.S.
Earlier this month the Department of Transportation approved a new cross-border deal allowing Mexican freight trucks onto U.S. highways after 15 years of dispute and a lingering issue of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The safety violation records in the 2007-11 report pertains to short-freight hauling which only allows Mexican trucks to travel 25 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.