The Nebraska State Patrol and the Omaha Police Department, conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections in the metro on Tuesday racking up 111 inspections that uncovered 575 violations. Fifty-four vehicles were taken 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. They're conducted by the Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) Teams.
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, 13 drivers were taken out of service (not allowed to continue driving) for violations to include no operator’s license, no commercial driver’s license, and driving under suspension. Officers issued a total of $9,650 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 6th MAPS Team event of 2013.