As part of
the Golden State’s homeland security effort, a special task force
has been created at the Port of Oakland to inspect commercial vehicles
and boats for dangerous materials.
Highway Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard and the Oakland Port Authority
began scouring tractor-trailers Jan. 16, verifying proper documentation
and searching through all cargo leaving the port, The San Jose
Mercury News reported.
While the inspection
didn’t yield any biological or chemical weapons or explosives, CHP
Sgt. Wayne Ziese told the Contra Costa Times 133 trucks were
inspected. The U.S. Coast Guard looked in 150 containers. Fifty-four
trucks were placed out of service after inspectors found problems
with the vehicles and with some drivers not licensed to drive semis.
About 90 citations
were reportedly issued and 49 verbal warnings were given.
inspections reportedly will continue unannounced to encourage the
trucking industry’s full compliance with current regulations.