JUNE 28, 2018 (HASTINGS, NEB.) Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division, with the assistance of the Hastings Police Department, conducted surprise commercial vehicle inspections on Wednesday, June 27, in Hastings and the surrounding area. The surprise inspections target commercial vehicles that might not travel outside the city or pass through weight stations as part of their regular routes.
During the special enforcement effort, the Metropolitan Aggressive and Prevention Selective (MAPS) Team conducted 51 vehicle inspections, discovered 201 violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and state law, and took 29 vehicles out of service (not allowed to return to the road). Vehicles are placed out of service for a variety of reasons relating to bad brakes or tires, or other problems that post immediate safety risks. Troopers also placed three drivers out of service for no license (1), no CDL (1), and log book violation (1). Troopers also issued $4,075 in citations.
During the operation, troopers also discovered a Texas-based interstate carrier that had a federal out of service order.
The MAPS Team conducts surprise inspections throughout the year, with more scheduled from the spring through fall in cities and towns across Nebraska.
The MAPS Team in 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.