Border inspectors push for long-term funding

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BETHESDA, Md. — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) says it is uncertain whether there is enough cash to hire truck inspectors for states bordering on Mexico.

CVSA is pushing the House and Senate representatives who control the purse strings to fund the $18 million-project from the agency’s operational budget rather than the Revenue Aligned Budget Authority (RABA).

With the border preparing to open to Mexican rigs on Jan. 1, 2002, in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to ensure highway safety by bumping up the number of roadside inspectors patrolling the southern border states.

CVSA’s concern is based on the uncertainty of RABA’s funding from year to year because it comes only from the fuel tax revenues that exceed annual projections.

The CVSA points out states are reluctant to hire and train truck inspectors with federal funds that have no certainty beyond one year. The salaries for FMCSA’s additional inspectors comes from the agency’s own operational budget.

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