The relationship between Texas and Mexico is important. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that in 2012, products the United States traded to Mexico amount almost $494 billion. The Texas Department of Transportation has been inspecting Mexican commercial vehicles at the Texas and Mexico border since 1995 to ensure Mexican commercial motor vehicles comply with various standards. In 2001, the United States announced that it would fully comply with the North American Free Trade Acts various regulations regarding commercial motor vehicles. The United States’s North American Free Trade Agreement helps to establish safety standards by requiring that commercial motor vehicles from Mexico in the United States must meet the same standards as other motor vehicles in the United States. The North American Free Trade Agreement contains various regulations regarding Mexican commercial motor vehicles within the United States.
- Additional Rules. The various North American Free Trade Agreement regulations also include compliance with the terms of the Transportation and Related Agencies Act.
- Along the Borders. Mexican commercial motor vehicles that intend to operate only along the United States and Mexico border are requiring to apply for provisional Certificates of Registrations, which grant temporary authority to operate in the United States. Certificates of Registration cannot be made permanent until the commercial motor vehicle has successfully completed a safety audit.
- Border Crossing. Mexican commercial motor vehicles are only permitted to cross the United States border at specific points. Mexican Commercial motor vehicles are also only permitted to cross the border when a certified motor carrier safety inspector is present and on duty.
- Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Inspection Decal. During provisional operating authority and the 36 months after receiving permanent authority, Mexican commercial motor vehicles operating in the United States must display valid Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection stickers.
- Compliance Systems. Compliance with United States hours of services is required for Mexican commercial vehicles operating in the United States in addition to adequate data and safety management systems.
- Drug and Alcohol Requirements. Mexican motor carriers must meet established drug and alcohol testing requirements.
- Safety Inspections. Mexican motor vehicles must pass certain safety inspections and be monitored for an eighteen month probationary period during the application process. Safety inspectors are also required to inspect drivers and Mexican motor vehicles hauling hazardous material.
- USDOT Numbers. Mexican motor vehicles who are interested in operating in the United States must possess USDOT numbers.
- Valid Insurance. Mexican motor vehicles must carry United States insurance.
The various safety standards are verified by a United States inspector prior to the commercial motor vehicle’s entranced into the United States. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration additionally offers a program to provide Mexican motor vehicles with assistance and education prior to driving in the United States.
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