Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
Due to an increase in truck traffic in the North Central Texas region, safety has become a central concern for those who monitor goods movement. To address safety concerns, the NCTCOG Transportation Safety Program has worked with commercial vehicle enforcement agencies over the past 3 years to support enforcement efforts and develop projects and programs that reduce the number of crashes on our regional roadways.
CVE Equipment and Training Program
One such project is the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) Equipment and Training Program, which will increase the enforcement of overweight commercial vehicles and create a level playing field for trucking agencies that follow weight regulations. Overweight vehicles become a safety concern when their load exceeds the truck and/or trailers design limits. Additionally, these overweight trucks can cause expensive damage to roadways and bridges, as well as exceed regional air quality standards.
Data Exchange System
Following feedback from CVE officers, NCTCOG coordinated with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), which developed a data exchange web tool that now allows CVE officers to access prior violation data for commercial vehicle operators in real-time at the scene of the motor vehicle stop or inspection location. Having access to this data allows CVE officers to make decisions based on up-to-date information about the trucking operator’s previous citations which may have occurred in another jurisdiction. Previously this information was only available if an officer called into the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and requested the operator’s citation and violation history, which could be a lengthy process.
Prosecutor and Judge Commercial Vehicle Violations Training
The NCTCOG Transportation Safety Program works with the National District Attorney Association’s (NDAA) Traffic Law Center in Arlington, VA to host a regional Commercial Motor Vehicle Violations training course for area judges and prosecutors. The training focuses on providing area prosecutors and judges with a working knowledge of commercial vehicle regulations and commercial drivers’ licensing laws. Based on the Commercial Drivers’ Licenses: A Prosecutor’s Guide to the Basics of Commercial Motor Vehicle Licensing and Violations created by the NDAA, the training serves as a basic introduction for those who handle cases related to commercial drivers’ licenses and commercial motor vehicles.