Pennsylvania State Police earn high marks for truck safety data

The Pennsylvania State Police recently earned the highest possible rating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for providing timely, accurate truck crash and inspection data through the state’s motor carrier safety assistance program

The Pennsylvania State Police recently earned the highest possible rating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for providing timely, accurate truck crash and inspection data through the state’s motor carrier safety assistance program.

The program is a cooperative effort of the state police, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the numerous municipal police departments that employ specially trained officers to inspect trucks.

“Safety is our top priority, and motorists depend on us to keep Pennsylvania roadways safe,” said State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan. “This multi-agency partnership is key to identifying driver and vehicle safety deficiencies, and removing them from our roadways.”

In 2010, Pennsylvania’s motor carrier inspectors conducted more than 93,000 random truck inspections across the state, a 14% increase from 2009, and weighed more than 435,000 trucks. Troopers also inspected more than 28,000 school buses across Pennsylvania. More than 88,000 out-of-service safety violations were discovered last year.

“The fact that we have been nationally recognized for consistently providing timely and accurate truck data to the federal government, while also maintaining a high standard of roadside enforcement, speaks to the hard work and dedication of our motor carrier enforcement personnel,” Noonan said.

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