Oakland port inspects trucks

| 1/22/2003

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.

The California 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.

The checkpoint inspections reportedly will continue unannounced to encourage the trucking industry’s full compliance with current regulations.