New initiative aims to curb abuse by Oversize/Overweight haulers in Mexico

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Concerned over damage and accidents caused by heavy haulers operating in violation of size and weight laws in Mexico, a legislator has proposed changes to the Federal highway laws.

Concerned with trucks hauling oversize/overweight loads that exceed Federal size and weight limits, Zepahua Lilian Garcia, a Deputy in the lower chamber of the Mexican Congress from the state of Veracruz,  has introduced a bill to reform provisions of Mexico’s Motor Carrier Law.

Her bill would require that owners and drivers of trucks registered in Mexico be held responsible for providing proof of weight of the load they’re hauling by means of a certified scale ticket from a SCT certified weighing facility or certified proof of weight on the bill of lading.

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Permit holders of vehicles for cargo motor carrier services shall be responsible for the double articulated trucks comply with the obligation to run with proof of weight corresponding to the load they carry. Accreditation is done by the waybill or receipt issued by the scale by officials of the Secretariat.

In her filing, Zepahua-Garcia stated that information obtained from the National Confederation of Mexican carriers (CONATRAM) shows that Mexico has the most liberal length laws of most countries in the world, which contributes to accidents involving the big rigs as well as inadequate infrastructure, such as scales and weight inspectors. The SCT concurred with the assessment

Mexico’s legal length limit is 103 feet compared to the United States and Canada where the maximum legal length is 82 feet.

Representatives of the private sector Mexican carriers point to the constant violation of carriers who run in excess of wieght and dimension laws as a cost saver. Changing the mentality of these carriers who think that “Legal Weight, Extra Trips – Overweight, Less Trips” should be a priority.

CONATRAM, CANACAR and other Mexican motor carrier representatives concur that this mentality is hastening the destruction of the highways in Mexico

Zepahua Garcia also acknowledged that since 2012, the federal government and the transportation industry has recognized the need to address the problem of road safety and agreed to other actions to help enforce  federal highway law. The SCT hired and trained and additional 60 Federal truck inspectors, all CVSA certified to add the  430 existing ones. The SCT also authorized  the construction of 25 additional weight stations to help in the effort to bring weight and size compliance under control. Mexico currently has 63 static weigh stations nationwide, about half of them are state of the art electronic scales.