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NAFTA Opens U.S. Roads to Poorly Regulated Trucks from Mexico

Trade deals, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), have allowed poorly regulated trucks and drivers from Mexico on American highways. NAFTA included a provision that guaranteed access to U.S. roads and highways for Mexico’s truck fleet. The trade agreement did not require Mexican trucking standards be brought up to U.S. standards. In fact, reports by the Department of Transportation Inspector General revealed severe safety and environmental problems with Mexico’s truck fleet and drivers’ licensing. 

After a NAFTA “court” imposed sanctions of $2.4 billion on the United States for failing to open access, trucks from Mexico were allowed on U.S. roads starting in 2011. Even so, an association of Mexican trucking firms is demanding $30 billion from U.S. taxpayers to compensate for the years they could not drive on American highways as NAFTA promised.  

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