The Nebraska State Patrol conducted surprise vehicle inspections July 12 in North Platte, aimed at trucks that might not travel outside the city or pass through weigh stations as part of their regular routes. During the special enforcement, 40 vehicles were inspected. Troopers check for compliance with regulations and enforce laws pertaining to weight, size, registration, dyed fuels, and permits.
Officers discovered 70 violations and took five vehicles out of service, which were not allowed to return to the road.
Officers issued a total of $1,500 in fines.
Vehicles are placed out of service for a variety of reasons, including bad brakes or tires, or other problems that pose immediate safety risks.
One vehicle removed from service had previously been placed out of service for brake violations.
The Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) Team conducted the inspections, which were curtailed somewhat by a thundershower.
The MAPS team conducts surprise inspections throughout the year, with more scheduled from the spring through fall in cities and towns across Nebraska.
Troopers also placed a trooper in a truck to observe the driver and go over the requirements with him or her.
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. On average, 20-24 troopers work each MAPS event, spokesman Cody Thomas said.