Sixteen vehicles were taken off the road Wednesday in North Platte as the Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective Teams held surprise commercial vehicle inspections around town.
The Nebraska State Patrol worked with the North Platte Police Department to conduct 54 inspections. The MAPS teams discovered 171 violations with some posing an immediate safety risk causing the vehicles to be taken out of service.
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."
Three drivers were also taken out of service due to certain violations. One was not allowed to continue driving because he/she was driving under suspension, another did not have an operator's license and the third had an hours of service violation.
Officers issued a total of $2,425 in fines during Wednesday's inspections.
was the fourth MAPS Team event for 2013. Inspections have also been
conducted in Sarpy County, Grand Island, and Kearney this year.