Mexico Establishes Enforcement of CMV Safety Inspection Regulations
Mexico’s federal department of transportation, the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT), issued a notice on June 29 in Mexico’s Diario Oficial (akin to the U.S. Federal Register) establishing timetables for inspecting Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) equipment operating in Mexico, including U.S. based equipment. The Norma Oficial Mexicana NOM-068-SCT-2-2000 established the requirements for performing such inspections but the timeframes for conducting the inspections had not been determined. SCT has now determined that all CMVs, including tractors and trailers, and, if applicable, dollies, must be inspected every six months and must have a decal or paperwork verifying such an inspection has been performed. SCT has stated that Mexico will accept U.S. inspections conducted at the federal and state level that comply with annual CMV inspections required under 49CFR 396.17. However, again, such inspections will have to be performed every six months for equipment entering Mexico.