Fri, 01/07/2011 - 05:00 EDT - NPR - National Public Radio (Business News)
The Obama administration is talking to Congress about reopening U.S. highways to cross-border truck traffic from Mexico -- beyond a narrow strip along the border. American unionized truckers object.» E-Mail This» Add to Del.icio.us
American truck fleets seem poised to expand as the economy recovers, but haulers and the big companies that need them say they are still fighting an old battle to raise the maximum amount of weight trucks can carry on American interstate highways from 80,000 pounds to nearly 100,000 pounds.
Three U.S. lawmakers have launched a bid to scrap the “dysfunctional” binational agency that has overseen operation of the Peace Bridge between Ontario and New York for nearly a century, part of the escalating fallout from a dispute over planned improvements to the U.S. approach to the crossing that has pitted Canadian board members against their American counterparts.
The American Trucking Associations reports that freight traffic has climbed steadily since late last year. This April was almost 10 percent better than a year earlier, according to the ATA. Business has reached pre-recession levels -- and times are so good that some trucking companies can't keep up with demand.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States and Mexico had agreed on a way to solve a long-simmering cross-border trucking dispute that has hurt trade between the...