ADOT to hold commercial vehicle training in Mexico to improve commercial traffic

ADOT to hold commercial vehicle training in Mexico to improve commercial traffic

NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Arizona Department of Transportation has future plans to conduct commercial motor vehicle training in Mexico to help improve the cross-border experience for Mexican companies and stakeholders, according to a recent release.

ADOT, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, holds commercial vehicle industry days to provide information about safety regulations, permitting and the inspection process.

"There is a great spirit of cooperation among law enforcement agencies and the transportation industry on both sides of the border, and we want to continue that with educational programs and other efforts that will help everyone involved," said Tim Lane, director of ADOT's Enforcement and Compliance Division.

The division conducts safety inspections at commercial ports of entry in the state and makes sure commercial vehicles follow federal and state regulations.

ADOT said in 2015, $30 billion in both imports and exports moved through the state's border ports.

The department also plans on hosting sessions in Mexico offering an International Border Inspection Certification program.

Drivers can receive a certificate documenting their training to help streamline the inspection process and allow ADOT inspectors to focus on those who haven't finished the program.

"Drivers, trucking companies and law enforcement all agree that safer vehicles are good for both the industry as well as for the public sharing the roads with commercial trucks," Lane said. "The Border Liaison Unit and the International Border Inspection Certification program are designed to make that happen."

Members of ADOT's Border Liaison Unit hosts regular meetings in places such as Nogales and Douglas to discuss various topics such as permits, weight limits, inspection procedures, brakes and securing loads.

The unit is having a public presentation about these outreach programs on Wednesday, March 8 in Nogales, AZ at the Santa Cruz County Complex, located at 2150 North Congress Drive, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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