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DeFazio Introduces Mexican Truck Bill
Posted on Jul 8, 2011


112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2407

To protect the safety of America's roads by limiting the operation of motor carriers domiciled in Mexico beyond municipalities and commercial zones on the United States-Mexico border to a pilot program.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 6, 2011

Mr. DEFAZIO (for himself, Mr. LIPINSKI, and Mr. HUNTER) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To protect the safety of America's roads by limiting the operation of motor carriers domiciled in Mexico beyond municipalities and commercial zones on the United States-Mexico border to a pilot program.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Protecting America's Roads Act' or `PARA'.

SEC. 2. LIMITATION ON OPERATING AUTHORITY.

    (a) In General- Unless expressly authorized by Congress, the Secretary of Transportation may not grant authority to a motor carrier domiciled in Mexico to operate beyond United States municipalities and commercial zones on the United States-Mexico border except under a pilot program that meets the requirements of this Act.

    (b) Pilot Program Duration- Any pilot program carried out pursuant to this Act shall--

      (1) not exceed a period of 3 years; and

      (2) be carried out for a period sufficient to generate statistically valid findings on the safety impacts of the pilot program.

    (c) Pilot Program Requirements- In carrying out any pilot program pursuant to this Act, the Secretary--

      (1) shall meet the requirements of section 6901 of Public Law 110-28, section 350 of Public Law 107-87, and section 31315(c) of title 49, United States Code;

      (2) may not grant a motor carrier domiciled in Mexico authority to operate beyond United States municipalities and commercial zones on the United States-Mexico border permanently, or for any period that exceeds the duration of the pilot program;

      (3) shall require motor carriers domiciled in Mexico and participating in the pilot program to submit to electronic monitoring to ensure compliance with the Secretary's hours of service regulations; and

      (4) may not purchase, acquire, or install electronic on-board recorders for motor carriers domiciled in Mexico and participating in the pilot program.

    (d) Suspension of Authority- The Secretary shall suspend the authority of all motor carriers domiciled in Mexico to operate beyond United States municipalities and commercial zones on the United States-Mexico border on the date of termination of any pilot program carried out pursuant to this Act.

    (e) Report to Congress- Not later than 60 days after the termination date of any pilot program carried out pursuant to this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the heads of other appropriate Federal agencies, shall report to Congress on the impact on safety as a result of such pilot program.



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