Road transport sector in Mexico is the seventh in production of heavy vehicles, the sixth largest producer of commercial vehicles, the fourth largest exporter of buses and trucks, and tractors first world level

This was stated Miguel Elizalde, head of the National Association of Manufacturers of Buses, Trucks and Tractors (ANPACT) during the inauguration of Expo Transport 2017 event held from 15 to 17 November in Expo Guadalajara.

"The sector's growth is not accidental, is the reflection of the work that all ANPACT partners have made in recent years," said Elizalde.

The road transport in 2016 it contributed 4.9% of gross domestic product (GDP) and employs two million people across the country. Trucks, buses and trucks transported 56% of the total load, 81% of land freight, 96% of passengers and 77% of trade between Mexico and the United States, according to the National Institute of Statistics, geography and Informatics (INEGI).

Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, head of the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) reported that January to September 2017, there have been high-65K heavy vehicles in Mexico, 12% more than in the same period of 2016.

Internal market response to NAFTA

Miguel Elizalde, president of ANPACT, requested the trucking industry "on" the engine of the domestic market, in response to face the vagaries of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

"NAFTA imposes challenges for the future. We will continue facing with responsibility and determination, we are sure to be well represented, and that we will reach a favorable destination, "he said.

Mexican and US motor carrier already have a high integration of regional content, so ANPACT asked the United States to see this integration as an advantage over other trade associations. "It's not meet regional demand, you have to become a global export platform," said Elizalde.

The head of the agency considered that the vehicle renewal is the way to meet the standards of the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).

For this, the ANPACT proposed increased funding through development banks, provide incentives to adopt friendly technologies environment and improve the scrappage scheme, and the professionalization of micro and small carriers.

"We must ensure effective and transparent regulatory compliance. A vehicle can no longer meet the physical-mechanical and environmental conditions should be withdrawn from circulation, without affecting the human-truck, "said Elizalde.

The federal deputy and head of the Transport Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, Alfredo Rodríguez Dávila said already in opinion for approval of the request to regulate, as a federal crime, burglaries federal highways to freight and passenger transport .

The SCT provides details of Macrolibramiento and Line 3

Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, SCT announced that today put into operation 111 kilometers Macrolibramiento. "It will allow road transport to take shape quickly to areas of Tepic, of Lake Chapala and Manzanillo, faster and an enormous facility for running at a lower cost," he said.

Also noted deadlines closing Light Rail Line 3. "We planned for December or January to end the civil works, and by April or May be initiating operational tests and tests with passengers."

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