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Commercial Motor Vehicles

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The Suffolk Police Department Motor Carrier Unit consists of three full time and one part time personnel whose responsibility it is to address issues of overweight, over-width and over-height vehicles operating on Suffolk roadways. These commercial motor vehicles can pose significant problems if not properly managed. The commercial trucking industry is heavily regulated to ensure the safety of other vehicles sharing the roadways with large trucks. From the number of hours a trucker may operate, to the safety of the equipment, to the size of the vehicle and its load, our motor carrier unit monitors and enforces commercial motor vehicle law to ensure the safety of all motorists, and the protection of our roadway surfaces. Overweight vehicles pose a serious threat of damage to city roadways and bridges not designed for such heavy weights. The motor carrier unit is also very active in conducting truck inspections and putting out of service vehicles that are poorly maintained until repairs can be made. The unit also willingly offers training and inspections to local trucking companies to help them ensure their fleet's safety. The proceeds from overweight citations go towards supplementing the city's roadway maintenance.

The following information reflects how active our members have been in the safety regulation of commercial motor vehicles in 2012:

Vehicles weighed: 438
Vehicles inspected: 162
Vehicles/Drivers taken out of sevice: 82
Vehicles issue overweight citations: 302
Liquidated damages written: $360,987
Summons issues: 563

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