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Mexican trucks program can proceed

San Francisco (AP) _ A Federal Appeals Court says the Bush Administration can go ahead with a pilot program to allow as many as 100 mexican trucking companies to freely haul their cargo anywhere within the U.S. For the next year.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals in San Francisco denied a request made by groups who claim the Mexican Trucks would endanger public safety.  The appeals court ruled the groups haven't satisfied the legal requirements to immediately stop what the government is calling a "demonstration project.''

Canadian trucking companies have full access to U.S. Roads, but Mexican trucks can only travel about 20 miles inside the country at certain border crossings such as ones in San Diego and El Paso, Texas.

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