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Scottsbluff-Gering Surprise Truck Inspection Results


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SCOTTSBLUFF-GERING SURPRISE TRUCK INSPECTION RESULTS
 

 SEPT. 1, 2016 (Scottsbluff, Neb.)  — The Nebraska State Patrol, with assistance from the Scottsbluff Police Department, conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections today, Thursday, Sept.1, in Scottsbluff and Gering. The surprise inspections target commercial vehicles that might not travel outside the city or pass through weigh stations as part of their regular routes.

During the special enforcement effort, the Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) Teams conducted 40 inspections, discovered 165 violations, and took 16 vehicles out of services (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, four drivers were taken out of service (not allowed to continue driving) for No Commercial Driver’s License (2), Log Book Violation (1), Driver Qualification (1) Officers issued a total of $3,475 in fines.

“The MAPS Team ensures truck operators who rarely leave the city limits are maintaining their vehicles and abiding by safety regulations,” said Colonel Brad Rice, 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 12th MAPS Team event of 2016. Inspectors have also been conducted in Lincoln, Sarpy County, Omaha, Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte, Dawson County, Fremont, Columbus, Norfolk and Sidney this year. Surprise inspections are planned from spring through fall in cities and towns across Nebraska.

The MAPS Team is funded 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 troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division.  ###

Contact:
Deb Collins-Public Information Coordinator
(402) 479-4985

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