The Nebraska State Patrol conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections Wednesday, October 16, in Fremont. 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 61 inspections, discovered 200 violations, and took 25 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 Commercial Driver’s License (2), No Operator’s License (1) and Hours of Service Violation (1). Officers issued a total of $3,645 in fines.
This was the 10th MAPS Team event of 2013. Inspections have also been conducted in Sarpy County, Grand Island, Kearney, North Platte, Scottsbluff/Gering, Omaha, Lincoln, Columbus and Norfolk this year. More surprise inspections are planned throughout the spring and summer in cities and towns across Nebraska.
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 36 troopers from the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division. On average, 20-24 troopers work each MAPS event.