Trucking Industry Opposes Nevada Entry Port Proposal


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Nevada's trucking industry is fighting a plan to let private companies build and profit from high-tech ports of entry that would use X-ray machines to scan trucks for contraband and human smuggling.

Assemblyman John Oceguera says the ports are needed because Las Vegas is a high-risk terrorist target.

The Nevada Motor Transport Association opposes the bill on grounds it creates an unfair burden on the industry. The association says criminals will just take other routes.

The plan requires the Nevada Department of Transportation to solicit private companies to construct and finance four entry ports on Interstate 15 in southern Nevada and Interstate 80 in northern Nevada.

High-tech equipment could scan thousands of trucks a day to see if they're being used to smuggle drugs, people or explosives that could be used by terrorists.


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