About 40 percent of trucks inspected by the Gardner Police Department are placed out of service due to violations that may create an imminent danger to the general public.
Overall the inspection program has been a great success, said Sgt. Steve Benz, Gardner Police Department.
The benefit to Gardner residents is in making the roadways here safer for the motoring public. An unsafe commercial vehicle could potentially create accidents, damage, injuries, and fatalities, Benz said. Removing unsafe or overweight vehicles from the road also helps maintain the structural integrity of our roadways.
About 275 violations have been noted since Oct. 1 of this year, and violations are normally related to log books, driver’s license issues and medical certificates. Currently the GPD stop about 35 trucks per month. At least one truck checkpoint is conducted annually.
GPD owns three sets of portable scales that are certified annually by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Three officers are certified inspectors and have attended the annual training.
“Our inspectors have to complete 12 hours of annual training each, as well as conduct a minimum of 32 Level 1 inspections per year,” according to Benz. Officers Robert Huff, Nicholas Wright and Miguel Viruete are certified inspectors.