New Hampshire State Police 72-Hour Inspection Crackdown Commercial Trucks With Bad Brakes

New Hampshire might be a small state, but they are big on inspections. In their annual enforcement crackdown on commercial trucks, they found oil contaminated brakes and even nails used as cotter pins!


After state crackdown, 1 in 5 inspected trucks taken off road

A New Hampshire State Police annual enforcement crackdown took one of every five commercial trucks inspected last week immediately out of service for more than 1,200 violations — ranging from faulty brakes to lumber supports tied on with electrical cords. There were 30, or about 6 percent of drivers, taken off the road for violations including possessing drugs, operating after suspension or violating restrictions on driving hours.

Officers from Troop G led the 72-hour inspection effort last Tuesday through Thursday as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Road Check. Commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico check large trucks and buses at inspection sites, weigh stations and with roving patrols.

“The State Police is pleased to announce that there were no fatal motor vehicles crashes involving commercial motor vehicles during this period,” Director Christopher Wagner said in a statement. But the inspections of 528 trucks uncovered plenty of problems. There were 61 decals given to commercial truck operators that had passed a Level 1 inspection. Troopers also discovered 1,205 violations; 215 were so severe that either the truck or the driver had to be taken out of service. In all, 106 trucks were grounded for “critical safety violations.”