The Alabama Trucking Association has scheduled nine “courtesy roadside inspections” expected to take less than 10 minutes.
Signs will alert truckers that they are nearing an inspection area, and a trooper will be posted to see that truckers pull over, said Gene Vonderau, the association’s safety director. Members of the association’s Safety and Maintenance Management Council will conduct a walk-around inspection that should take less than 10 minutes, he said.
Whether tickets will be issued will be up to the trooper, Vonderau said.
The association offered to double its annual inspections after it met with state officials in December to discuss highway safety concerns.
“With the Alabama Department of Public Safety severely understaffed, these inspections are a good way to check a lot of trucks in a short time,” Vonderau said. “Our safety council personnel can inspect nearly 200 vehicles in three hours.”
The ATA has scheduled inspections for:
For more information, call toll free (877) 277-TRUK or visit www.alabamatrucking.org.