NC truck enforcement could be taken over by highway patrol

| 6/14/2002

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles enforcement section would be abolished and its functions taken over by the state Highway Patrol under a bill filed June 13, according to The News & Observer.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Wilma Sherrill (R-Buncombe), turns over the duties of trucking enforcement, car air emission inspections and security at rest stops to the Highway Patrol.

Sherrill headed the DMV in the early 1990s and told the newspaper the move would better serve people and likely save money.

The Raleigh newspaper's report said that although DMV critics have called for moving the law enforcement responsibilities from the agency for years, the proposal has been given new life by an evolving scandal involving allegations of ticket fixing and bribery. The allegations are currently under investigation by a federal grand jury.