Alabama Trucking Association schedules roadside inspections

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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:

  • Feb. 17 on Interstate 20/59 in Tuscaloosa
  • March 1 on Interstate 65 in Greenville
  • April 7 on Interstate 10 in Mobile
  • April 14 on Interstate 65 in Cullman
  • June 7-9 on Interstate 20 in Heflin, during the annual Commercial Vehicle and Safety Alliance Roadcheck
  • Sept. 15 on Interstate 20 in Heflin
  • For more information, call toll free (877) 277-TRUK or visit www.alabamatrucking.org.