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Overdrive Staff | June 01, 2012

Volvo’s LNG engine will deliver a 30 percent fuel efficiency improvement compared with spark-ignition engines.

— Staff reports

 

Mexico clamping down on safety regs

On April 27, Mexican officials announced plans for stricter regulations, including barring loads up to 80 metric tons on two-lane roads. They also will increase the number of inspectors and truck scales and require inspection of all double-trailers in upcoming weeks.

Double-trailer accidents on secondary roads have been a problem in Mexico of late. An April 20 double-trailer truck collision with a bus left 43 dead and 27 injured.

Mexico’s trade organization for carriers, CANACAR, applauded the move for stricter regulations and criticized some trucking interest groups who argue heavier loads are synonymous with competitiveness.

“If the competitiveness of a country is measured by the number of tons transported in a truck, Mexico would be the champion of international competitiveness,” CANACAR said in a prepared statement.

— Jill Dunn

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