The North Carolina State Police have discovered a snafu in
the state’s truck inspection program.
A recent audit of the program discovered that 45 weight
enforcement officers had not done enough inspections to maintain their
certification. State law requires they perform a minimum of 32 inspections a
year to keep their certification active.
Lt. Everett Clendenin of the North Carolina State Police
said that the department is aware of the problem and has already taken steps to
The problem began, Clendenin said, when the enforcement
duties for the Department of Motor Vehicles were merged with those of the
“When you merge two agencies that have never worked
together, there’s a lot of things those agencies have never done,” he said. “We
never had the truck inspections before, so there were certain things we didn’t
know. This is one that fell off the radar screen.”
While he wouldn’t elaborate on specifics, Clendenin said an
internal audit found some problems with the program, most of which he said have
already been corrected.
“When we found out and started asking questions,” he said.
“We identified some deficiencies and corrected those to make sure it doesn’t
Clendenin said the Highway Patrol has done three
recertification training courses and most of the officers have regained their
certification. The rest, he said, will be recertified by the end of July.
Five officers, however, have failed the recertification
There are approximately 264 officers in the state who are
certified to do truck inspections.
– By Terry Scruton, senior writer