State patrol hosts surprise commercial vehicle inspections in Ogallala

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Carrier Enforcement Division conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections Thursday, June 24, in Ogallala.

During the special enforcement effort, the Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) Team conducted 12 vehicle inspections. Troopers presented a CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) sticker to 6 vehicles or trailers throughout the day, indicating the vehicle had no critical safety violations.

Troopers discovered 26 violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and state law. Four vehicles were placed out of service (not allowed to return to the road). Vehicles are placed out of service for a variety of reasons relating to bad brakes or tires, or other problems that pose immediate safety risks. Troopers placed one driver out of service.

The surprise inspections target commercial vehicles that might not travel outside the city or pass through weigh stations as part of their regular routes.

The MAPS Team in 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.

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