There’s a new state law that allows Boston police officers
to conduct random truck inspections.
Over the years, other cities have tried using police as
inspectors, and OOIDA Director of Special Projects Gary Green said it’s almost
always about bringing more money into the city coffers.
“What it does indicate is that the local authorities are in
search of revenue, and trucks seem to be a revenue source for them,” Green
said. “Some of these localities will go through an abbreviated CVSA
certification, which is not sponsored by CVSA, but some officers who went
through the whole class end up trying to teach … in two days what it took them
eight days to learn.”
Green said the small city he lives in considered having its
police force inspect trucks several years ago. But after he went to the city council
and explained that the move would not improve public safety, they gave up on
– By Reed Black, staff writer