The Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) announced the opening of a new truck inspection facility equipped with $1 million worth of technology designed to detect violations.
TXDPS announced that the new facility opened on October 8 at at mile marker 620 on I-10 east of Seguin, Texas. In a news release, TXDPS said that it was “the most state-of-the-art truck inspection facility in Texas.”
The “Seguin Inspection Facility” features a four-lane awning for trucks to pull under for an initial screening. Those that pass the screening will be allowed to continue — while those that don’t will be subjected to additional inspections.
Other features at the new facility include:
- A weigh-in-motion sensor
- An over-height detector
- A pit for DPS Troopers and Inspectors to more easily inspect brakes, linings and other items from underneath the truck
- A 90-foot platform scale — the only one like it in the state — that allows inspection officials to weigh an entire truck at once
- Hazardous materials placard and carrier identification sensors connected to a computer database that identify credentialing, violation history and if the vehicle is under a federal out-of-service order
- A thermal imaging array examines a truck’s wheels and brakes for abnormalities, such as defective brakes.
“This one of a kind facility will benefit the trucking industry throughout the state of Texas and beyond, and promote safety for everyone on the roadway,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The facility will quickly and efficiently get commercial vehicles back on the road, while helping put dangerous trucks out of service on this busy stretch of highway between San Antonio and Houston.”