U.S. Transportation Department Releases Report On Number of Trucks in Use for Crossings at U.S.-Mexico Border

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Department of Transportation

    WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The U.S.
 Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
 (FMCSA) today posted on the Internet a research study, Estimates of Commercial
 Motor Vehicles Using the Southwest Border Crossings.  The study was conducted
 for the FMCSA by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
     Based on three different analyses using data collected in 1999, the study
 shows that approximately 80,000 distinct trucks of U.S. and Mexican origin are
 estimated to have been used in U.S.-Mexico cross-operations during this
 period. For the same period, these vehicles made an estimated 4.5 million
 crossings of the border.  Estimates of the number of trucks crossing the
 border assist the FMCSA and the states to effectively allocate and place
 safety inspection and enforcement resources in the border region.
     During 2000, federal and state inspectors performed approximately 97,000
 inspections of vehicles engaged in cross-border operations.
     The three different methods employing several data sources used to
 determine the estimates included U.S. Customs Service information about user's
 fees it is required to collect for services provided at the ports of entry;
 U.S. Customs Service vehicle data in the Treasury Enforcement Communications
 System (TECS) related to port-of-entry, vehicle license plate number, and
 trailer identification for every commercial vehicle crossing into the United
 States from Mexico; and estimates derived from registration data collected by
 Mexico's federal transportation agency, the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y
 Transportes (SCT).
     At present, Mexican commercial trucking companies can apply for authority
 to operate in "commercial zones" associated with municipalities along the
 United States-Mexico border.  Approximately 8,500 companies currently have
 such authority.  The Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1984 confined most Mexican
 motor carriers to these border commercial zones as defined by the former
 Interstate Commerce Commission.  The commercial zones are often characterized
 as a 20-mile-wide area extending along the United States-Mexico border from
 Texas to California.  In fact, its width varies, but in only two commercial
 zones does it extend further than 25 miles into the United States.  One is the
 San Diego area, which extends approximately 75 miles to San Clemente; the
 other is the Rio Grande Valley zone that encompasses four Texas counties
 (Hildago, Willacy, Starr and Cameron).  Commercial zones exist throughout the
 United States.  They originally were established for economic regulation.
     All commercial vehicles operating in the United States, foreign and
 domestic, must comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and all
 other requirements applicable to U.S. carriers.
     Estimates of Commercial Motor Vehicles Using the Southwest Border
 Crossings is on the FMCSA web site, http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov .
 
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SOURCE U.S. Department of Transportation
    WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The U.S.
 Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
 (FMCSA) today posted on the Internet a research study, Estimates of Commercial
 Motor Vehicles Using the Southwest Border Crossings.  The study was conducted
 for the FMCSA by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
     Based on three different analyses using data collected in 1999, the study
 shows that approximately 80,000 distinct trucks of U.S. and Mexican origin are
 estimated to have been used in U.S.-Mexico cross-operations during this
 period. For the same period, these vehicles made an estimated 4.5 million
 crossings of the border.  Estimates of the number of trucks crossing the
 border assist the FMCSA and the states to effectively allocate and place
 safety inspection and enforcement resources in the border region.
     During 2000, federal and state inspectors performed approximately 97,000
 inspections of vehicles engaged in cross-border operations.
     The three different methods employing several data sources used to
 determine the estimates included U.S. Customs Service information about user's
 fees it is required to collect for services provided at the ports of entry;
 U.S. Customs Service vehicle data in the Treasury Enforcement Communications
 System (TECS) related to port-of-entry, vehicle license plate number, and
 trailer identification for every commercial vehicle crossing into the United
 States from Mexico; and estimates derived from registration data collected by
 Mexico's federal transportation agency, the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y
 Transportes (SCT).
     At present, Mexican commercial trucking companies can apply for authority
 to operate in "commercial zones" associated with municipalities along the
 United States-Mexico border.  Approximately 8,500 companies currently have
 such authority.  The Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1984 confined most Mexican
 motor carriers to these border commercial zones as defined by the former
 Interstate Commerce Commission.  The commercial zones are often characterized
 as a 20-mile-wide area extending along the United States-Mexico border from
 Texas to California.  In fact, its width varies, but in only two commercial
 zones does it extend further than 25 miles into the United States.  One is the
 San Diego area, which extends approximately 75 miles to San Clemente; the
 other is the Rio Grande Valley zone that encompasses four Texas counties
 (Hildago, Willacy, Starr and Cameron).  Commercial zones exist throughout the
 United States.  They originally were established for economic regulation.
     All commercial vehicles operating in the United States, foreign and
 domestic, must comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and all
 other requirements applicable to U.S. carriers.
     Estimates of Commercial Motor Vehicles Using the Southwest Border
 Crossings is on the FMCSA web site, http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov .
 
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