Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 06 September 2013 07:00
MISSION—State Representative of District 36, Sergio Muñoz Jr. visited the Anzalduas International Bridge on Aug. 30 to promote the passage of House Bill 474. The bill went into effect on Sept. 1 and covers approximately 25 miles in Hidalgo County where overweight trucks bringing goods from Mexico will be allowed.
The Texas and Mexico have different weight limit regulations for trucks transporting goods. Mexico allows trucks to carry 125,000 pounds, while Texas has an 80,000 pound weight limit. Prior to the new regulation truck drivers crossing from Mexico would have to stop and separate their loads into other vehicles before crossing the border bridge Hidalgo County.
This legislation allows trucks to proceed to Texas from Mexico without having to divide loads. The bill is predicted to reduce the amount of the trucks on the road, save industries time and money and promote economic development.