Department of Transportation won’t be doing truck inspections anymore. Before
you celebrate, you should know that the job has been handed over to the State
In January, the
Pennsylvania DOT began transferring responsibility of truck inspections over to
the State Police. The move will make the inspections operation more efficient
and increase the number of certified truck inspectors from 262 to 322, DOT
officials told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
State officials also
told the Post-Gazette that PennDOT was already working closely with the
state’s police before the transfer was made, and this move will help improve
the organization of the inspection program.
“Everyone is being
trained under the same roof,” Don Siekerman, safety director for the
Pennsylvania Truck Association, told the Post-Gazette. “There’s more
uniformity in truck-law enforcement now.”
The State Police have also beefed up the program’s training
and equipment, the Post-Gazette reported. The improvements include:
- Newly marked inspection vehicles,
equipped with police radios, mobile computers, automated vehicle locaters
and emergency supplies;
- Training offered to municipal police
- Expanded education for truckers on
Pennsylvania road law compliance.
will also free $3.7 million in next year’s budget for road and bridge repairs
and improvements, the Easton Express-Times reported.