The Motor Carrier Safety Assurance Program helps to keep unsafe trucks off the roadways. Three officers are certified by the federal government as motor carrier inspectors. When a truck is stopped for inspection, the inspectors check the drivers and their records and thoroughly examine the truck. About one of every three trucks inspected has major safety violations that require the truck or its driver to be taken out of service immediately.
Examples of major safety violations include:
- excessive driving time,
- faulty brakes,
- broken suspensions,
- loose steering mechanisms, and
- unsecured cargo.