The Nebraska State Patrol, with assistance from the Omaha Police Department, conducted surprise inspections of commercial vehicles Wednesday in Omaha, targeting vehicles that might not travel outside the city or pass through weigh stations on their routes.Officers found 198 violations and took 30 vehicles off the road for safety reasons, such as bad brakes, tires, or other immediate problems.
In addition, five drivers were taken off the road. One did not have a driver's license. Two did not have a commercial driver’s license, one had the wrong class of CDL and one was driving under a suspended license, the NSP said.
Officers issued $3,950 in fines.
During the effort, the Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) teams conducted 67 inspections. Troopers check for compliance with federal safety regulations and enforce laws pertaining to weight, size, registration, dyed fuels, and permits associated with commercial vehicles.
"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 Col. Brad Rice, the Nebraska State Patrol superintendent. "The MAPS Team extends our reach into cities and towns across the state."
Surprise inspections are planned from spring through fall in cities and towns across Nebraska. This was the second MAPS team event of 2017.
The MAPS Team is funded largely by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The MAPS Team was implemented in 1998 and consists of troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division. On average, 20-24 troopers work each MAPS event.