Two truck drivers and 16 trucks were ordered off the road in North Platte Wednesday, after officers surprised them with inspections. The Nebraska State Patrol, with assistance of the North Platte Police Department, conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections from 9 a.m. until noon at U.S. Highway 83 & 18th St. and E. Walker Road and S. Victoria Street.
The inspections targeted commercial vehicles that might not travel outside the city or pass through weigh stations on their regular routes.
During the special enforcement effort, the Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) Teams conducted
Fifty-four inspections were conducted, which turned up 171 violations, Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said.
Inspectors took 16 vehicles out of service (not allowed to continue on 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.
In addition, three drivers were taken out of service (not allowed to continue driving. One of them was driving on a suspended license; another was driving too many hours, and one did not have an operator’s license.
Collins said officers issued a total of $2,425 in fines during the morning.
“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," said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.
This was the fourth MAPS Team inspection of the year, following previous inspections in Sarpy County, Grand Island and Kearney.
Collins said more surprise inspections are planned this summer in cities and towns across Nebraska.
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 inspection.
The MAPS Team is funded largely by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Collins said.