The Nebraska State Patrol, with the assistance from the Omaha Police Department, conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections in Omaha Wednesday.
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 77 inspections, discovered 407 violations, and took 38 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, four drivers were taken out of service (not allowed to continue driving) for No Operator’s License (1), No Commercial Driver’s License (3). Officers issued a total of $7,600 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 David Sankey, 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 first MAPS Team event of 2014. Surprise inspections are planned from spring through fall in cities and towns across Nebraska.