Milwaukee Police teamed up with deputies from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office as well as troopers from the Wisconsin State Patrol to conduct Operation Truck Stop, a collaborative effort which takes place several times a year to inspect commercial vehicles.
Officers, who are trained commercial vehicle inspectors, are on patrol specifically looking for traffic violations made by commercial vehicle drivers or obvious equipment violations. They then make a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver is informed to follow the squad to a makeshift inspection site that safely allows for a complete vehicle inspection with room for large semi-trucks to maneuver. Park-and-ride locations are often used, as was the case Wednesday.
Unlike your personal vehicle, any commercial vehicle can be stopped at any time for inspection, however officers prefer to focus their efforts on vehicles with identifiable violations to stop for inspection. As with your personal vehicle, you are less likely to be stopped if your license plate is properly displayed and your head lamps, tail lamps, brake lamps and turn signal lamps are all in working order.
Officers were completing a level one inspection Wednesday, the most comprehensive inspection. They examine all of the following: driver’s license, medical examiner’s certificate and waiver, alcohol and drugs (if applicable), driver’s record of duty status (as required), hours of service, seat belt, vehicle inspection report, as well as the brake system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, turn signals, brake lamps, tail lamps, head lamps, lamps on projecting loads, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and weight.
Vehicles inspected included tow trucks, dump trucks, small and large box trucks, semi trucks, and roll-off dumpster trucks. Two drivers were taken out of service for violations that prohibit them from driving a commercial vehicle. There were also seven trucks that had to fix problems before belong allowed to leave. There was also a semi truck that had a perfect inspection. You can check out more pictures on MPD’s Facebook page.