The U.S. recently passed safety requirements affecting bus and trucks crossing under NAFTA.
Recently, the U.S. implemented provisions related to southern border trucks crossing under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). According to the U.S. Transportation Secretary, these provisions were implemented to encourage trade in North America while promoting strict safety standards and rigorous safety regimes. This way, buses, trucks, and operators from Mexico are held to the same safety standards as the rest of motor vehicles in the United States.
Under these provisions, Mexican commercial vehicles can only cross the U.S. border at specific points. If a certified motor carrier safety inspector is not on duty, the vehicle will not be allowed to enter the U.S. Mexican carriers must also have USDOT numbers. Additionally, their vehicles must pass safety inspections and be monitored for an 18-month probationary period during the application process. Mexican carriers must meet drug and alcohol testing requirements, as well as have legitimate U.S. insurance.
All requirements must be verified by a safety audit inspector before the carrier enters the U.S. or is allowed to operate. FMCSA provides Mexican carriers with technical assistance and educational aid before admittance to operate on U.S. roads.
These rules also meet the regulations delineated in the Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, signed by President Bush in 2001. Other documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explain rules and procedures that manufacturers must follow in order to retrofit large commercial vehicles certification labels. This document complements the proposal given by the FMCSA regarding buses, trucks, and certification labels.
Depending on the circumstance, your case may involve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). These regulations influence personal injury and wrongful death cases that involve trucks and other commercial vehicles. At the firm, we believe negligent and careless individuals should be held responsible for their actions.
Our truck accident lawyers from Arnold & Itkin can help you protect your legal rights. Call us now!