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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – In order to strengthen the safety provisions in the Senate Transportation Bill, Senator Patty Murray and Senator Richard Shelby today introduced an amendment that would require Mexican trucks to be inspected thoroughly at least every 90 days.

Similar to the inspection system used in California, the amendment would require every Mexican carrier to undergo a full Level 1 inspection before being granted a decal, which would allow passage into the U.S. for 90 days.

Currently, the Murray provision in the Transportation Appropriations bill requires border inspectors to verify the validity of driver's licenses, operating authority, and insurance certificates each time a commercial vehicle enters the U.S. and fully funds the necessary infrastructure at the border to ensure that these activities can take place.

"Today's amendment would improve highway safety by requiring Mexican trucks to be inspected at least every three months."

"The 'California Model' was discussed during hearings before both the House and Senate authorizing committees as a way to further strengthen the safety provisions in the bill," said Murray. "The administration and others have indicated strong support for such a measure."

"I believe this amendment strengthens the Murray provision that is already in the Transportation bill and allows our mutual goals of free trade and safe highways to progress side-by-side."

"I look forward to working with my colleagues in moving this bill through the Senate."