Yesterday, the Nebraska State Patrol conducted surprise inspections on CMVs in Scottsbluff and Gering.
The goal was to surprise CMVs that don’t frequently travel outside of the area or pass through weigh stations as a part of their regular route.
During the surprise inspection blitz, the metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) Team conducted 57 inspections, found 200 violations. In addition, 26 vehicles and 7 drivers were taken out of service: 3 or not having a valid CDL, 2 for no operator’s license, 1 for driving with a suspended license, 1 for HOS violation and 1.
In total, $3,400 in fines were issued.
“The MAPS Team ensures truck operators who rarely leave the city limits are maintaining their vehicles and abiding by safety regulations,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “While most truck owners and operators share our concern for safety, we know some think they can ignore safety standards as long as they avoid the weigh stations. The MAPS Team extends our reach into cities and towns across the state.”
This was the 5th surprise inspection blitz this year. So far, the inspections have been conducted in Sarpy County, Grand Island, Kearney and North Platte. The NSP plan to conduct more CMV inspections throughout the state.
The MAPS Team 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 36 troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division. On average, 20-24 troopers work each MAPS event.