Deputy Asks for Regular Importation of Used Cars (El Sol de Tijuana, 1/8/13 by Juan Guizar)

Tijuana, BC - Rep. Juan Manuel Gastélum Buenrostro is a critic of ineffective and inefficient policies of past governments that caused the collapse of the used cars trade, one of the activities which for many years were the most profitable at the border.

The federal legislator, Secretary of the Committee on Border Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies said that more than 400 retail businesses have left the Chamber of Commerce of Tijuana, after the FLL changes caused the suspension of sales activities.

He said that the issue of used cars importation will be one of the priorities that should be evaluated at the border Affairs Committee today. "We are aware that we must support the vehicle assembly industry, but we must also support those who cannot buy a new car."

He explained that with current bank interest rates, ranging from a 12 to 15% per annum, a new vehicle is virtually priceless for a person who doesn't earn enough and can only afford a used car. "I am convinced that it’s right to impose a used vehicle import tax, that will not diminish the production of the carmakers," he stated

Either way, cars are still entering Mexico and it isn't through customs on the other side, warned the Deputy. Therefore, more proper, rational and mostly fair policy is needed to prevent what's happening now. We are going to fight the Commission. "We need to revive that commercial activity, which was one of the most productive and now is virtually dead," he said.

Gastélum Buenrostro said it is not possible that the previous federal administration through the system of tax administration (SAT) reported the capture of 14 million pesos ($1.9 million US), 10 detainees and 19 guns, "It's ridiculous, because illegal trucks continue to move, we need more efficiency in the federal Government, and we will monitor them," he claimed.

Snow Causes Temporary Road Closure to La Rumorosa (El Sol de Tijuana, 1/8/13 by Rocio Galvan)

Tijuana, BC – For five hours, the highway to La Rumorosa was closed as a result of snowfall that began at 2 a.m., said the Director of Civil Protection in the State, Alfredo Escobedo Ortiz. He said it was 7 a.m. when it reopened to traffic movement.

We believe it is important to ask the population to have caution anyway because the pavement is slippery, he said. Elements of the Federal Police (PF) decided to close the roadway to motorists due to the snow fall on Sunday night and verified that conditions had changed when it was decided to reopen it after 7 a.m. yesterday.

In the villages of Hongo, La Rumorosa and Tecate they had checkpoints to prevent drivers from using the federal road. A Personnel Detachment in Mexicali also did the same creating checkpoints at the high and low places into and from La Rumorosa.

New rains are expected Wednesday night and on Thursday, snow and cold. The cold is going to continue for some time, said the Director of Civil Protection, and therefore it is very important to protect vulnerable populations.


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