Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Inspections detour truckers.

Byline: Diane Velasco Journal Staff Writer

* Developers say New Mexico law and rigor drive crossing business to Texas

Editor's note: This is part three of a three-part series that began in the Sunday Journal and continued in Monday's Business Outlook.

SANTA TERESA An overaggressive inspection program of Mexican trucks at New Mexico's Santa Teresa border crossing is driving business to El Paso and threatening economic development in the area, area developers say.

Complaints are piling up because inspections are so frequent and potential penalties so harsh, prompting Mexican trucking companies to shun Santa Teresa, said Mark Lautman, general manager for the Santa Teresa Real Estate Development Corp.

"There's a widely held perception among people in Mexico who decide which port to go through, that if you go through Santa Teresa, you will run through a regulatory trap," he said. "The chances of them getting pulled over, impounded and ticketed is much, much higher coming through Santa Teresa than going through the two ports in El Paso."

Since October 1999, 42 percent of all vehicle inspections at Santa Teresa have resulted in citations, according to the state Department of Public Safety. …

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