The Nebraska State Patrol took 21 trucks and commercial vehicles off the road July 22 during a surprise inspection in North Platte.Troopers inspected commercial vehicles -- mostly trucks and large vans -- that travel locally and might not pass through weigh stations on their routes.
Fifty-nine inspections were conducted and 168 violations were discovered, Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said.
Twenty-one trucks were ordered out of service and not allowed to continue on the road because of such things as bad brakes, tires or other problems that pose immediate safety risks, Collins said.
Also, four drivers were not allowed to continue driving. One violated the allowed hours of service/log book requirements. One had no operator’s license. One had no commercial driver’s license and one was driving under a suspensed license, Collins said.
Officers issued a total of $2,635 in fines.
To conduct the surprise inspections, carrier enforcement troopers work together in what is called a Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) team.
This was the seventh MAPS team event of the year. More surprise inspections are planned from spring through fall in cities and towns across Nebraska, Collins said.
On average, 20-24 troopers work each MAPS event. The team is funded largely by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
In Kearney June 26, inspectors looked at 70 vehicles and found 248 violations. They took 23 vehicles and one driver out of service.
In Grand Island on June 25, 79 inspections turned up 233 violations. Twenty-eight vehicles and one driver were taken out of service.
On May 29 in Columbus, 66 inspections turned up 205 violations. Twenty-one vehicles and one driver were removed from service.
“The MAPS team ensures truck operators who rarely leave the city limits are maintaining their vehicles and abiding by safety regulations,” said Col. David Sankey, the 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.”