Oregon DOT to offer voluntary truck inspections July 18-19

| 7/17/2008

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Transportation Division is offering voluntary truck inspections Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, at seven locations around the state.

Inspectors will check that truck drivers have valid CDLs and medical cards and will also check the mechanical condition of each truck and trailer, all subject to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection criteria. Vehicles passing the inspection will be issued a CVSA inspection decal that represents a stamp of approval good for three months.

Each safety inspection can take up to 30 minutes, so to manage the workload the motor carrier division is requiring that truckers make appointments. Inspections will be offered from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the following locations:

  • Portland, Jantzen Beach motor carrier division office, 12348 N. Center Ave; (971) 673-5909;
  • Woodburn port of entry, I-5 at mile marker 274, southbound inspection; (503) 378-6963;
  • Grants Pass, Oregon DOT’s maintenance yard on I-5 at Exit 58, 345 N.E. Agness Ave.; (541) 776-6221, Ext. 1;
  • Ashland port of entry on I-5 at mile marker 18 northbound; (541) 776-6221, Ext. 1
  • Klamath Falls port of entry, 4647 Highway 97; (541) 883-5701;
  • Umatilla port of entry, 1801 S.W. Highway 730; (541) 922-5183; and
  • Ontario, DOT maintenance yard, 541 Stanton Blvd., I-84, Exit 371; (541) 869-2010.

“While our inspectors will not issue citations if they find safety problems during this event, they can’t let a truck go if they find a critical safety violation,” MCTD Safety Program Manager David McKane said in a press release. “You can’t drive your rig back to the shop for repairs. Any truck found with an out-of-service problem must be fixed before it can leave the inspection site.”

Reed Black with “Land Line Now” asked McKane why truckers should volunteer to be inspected. In other words, what is in it for them?

“If, after the inspection, there are no defects, what’s in it for the truck driver is that a defect-free truck will receive an inspection decal that will be honored at least for the next 90 days indicating that the truck was inspected,” said McKane. “It’s not a guarantee that it will not be inspected again, but there’s enough trucks out there today that most truck inspectors will look for a truck without a decal.”

Visit the Motor Carrier Transportation Division’s Web site here for more information.

– Staff Writer Reed Black contributed to this report.