On March 22, the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) in Mexico published its proposed Mexican Official Standard NOM-68 in the Official Gazette, similar to the Federal Register in the U.S. NOM-68 addresses federal inspection standards for CMVs in Mexico.
There is a 60-day comment period for the proposal. All comments must be submitted in Spanish. NOM-68 was published in two parts. Part 1 / Part 2. (NOTE: If you use Google Chrome, the documents will translate automatically)
WHAT THIS DOES
Despite what many have been led to believe to the contrary, Mexico has long had inspection standards, commercial vehicle laws, rules and regulations that are enforced, in a manner that Mexico sees fit. For Mexico, it seems to work, looking at the safety records of Mexican carriers in the FMCSA databases and the absence of daily major crashes as we’ve seen of late here in the United States.
The publication of NOM-68 codifies inspection standards to align Mexico with the standards set forth by the CVSA of which they are a partner with the United States and Canada.
No longer can opponents of Mexican trucks claim that Mexico must bring their standards in line with ours. The FMCSA seems to be trying to elevate US standards to match Mexico’s.
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