The southwest border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California have mature motor carrier safety programs with a long history of successfully dealing with safety issues along the Mexican border. The states possess the expertise and commitment to effectively resolve new problems that may arise and ensure that safety is not compromised. However, there is a general concern that they may not have sufficient resources to increase their enforcement efforts to accommodate the anticipated increase in the number of trucks that will be operating in and out of Mexico as the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are implemented. To address these concerns a study was initiated of the effectiveness of motor carrier safety regulations, size and weight enforcement, insurance requirements verification, and other related matters in the states along the U.S.-Mexico border. This report presents the results of this study. The five chapters address, respectively, the following project objectives: (1) Determine current conditions, including traffic patterns, enforcement strategies, and levels and effectiveness of enforcement efforts; (2) Project the impacts of NAFTA on current conditions and levels of enforcement; (3) Develop criteria to describe what constitutes acceptable levels of enforcement; (4) Develop strategies for coordination, data sharing and joint enforcement efforts among state and federal enforcement agencies in border states; and (5) Identify ways to more effectively provide enforcement in border areas after the implementation of NAFTA.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Association of Chiefs of Police

    11 Firstfield Road
    Gaithersburg, MD  United States  20760

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Police Traffic Services Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Federal Highway Administration

    Office of Motor Carriers, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1995-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 115 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00723758
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 348
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-93-Z-05425
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 3 1996 12:00AM