Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) Carrier Enforcement Division conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections Wednesday in Scottsbluff and the surrounding area in Scotts Bluff County.
During the special enforcement effort, the Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) Team conducted seven vehicle inspections. Troopers presented a CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) sticker to two vehicles or trailers throughout the day, indicating the vehicle had no critical safety violations.
Troopers discovered 28 violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and state law. Troopers placed two vehicles out of service (not allowed to return to 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. No drivers were placed out of service.
The surprise inspections target commercial vehicles that might not travel outside the city or pass through weigh stations as part of their regular routes.
The MAPS Team is funded largely 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.