Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections last week in Lincoln and the surrounding area. The inspections targeted commercial vehicles that might not travel outside the city or pass through weight stations as part of their regular routes.
During the special enforcement effort, the NSP conducted 110 vehicle inspections, discovered 313 violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and state law, and took 45 vehicles out of service. Troopers also placed five drivers out of service, for no CDL (3), improper class of CDL (1), and no log book (1). Troopers arrested one person on an outstanding warrant and issued $6,575 in citations.
Inspection efforts were led by the Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective team, which is funded largely by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Troopers check for compliance with federal safety regulations and enforce laws pertaining to weight, size, registration, dyed fuels, and permits associated with commercial vehicles. The MAPS Team was implemented in 1998 and consists of troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division. On average, 20-24 troopers work each MAPS event.
More surprise inspections are planned throughout the summer and fall.