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Voluntary Safety Inspections Program to Continue

Voluntary Safety Inspections Program to Continue

June 13, 2014

Gwen Schuler, Media and Communications, gschuler@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5160
Megan Marquett, Media and Communications, mmarquett@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5051

Joint Voluntary Safety Inspections Program to Continue

The City of Tacoma partnered with the Port of Tacoma and the City of Fife to complete a three month pilot program to help increase commercial vehicle safety.

The program provided voluntary commercial vehicle safety alliance (CVSA) inspections for free to trucking companies. The inspections were offered one Wednesday a month during April, May and June.

More than 80 trucks were inspected. Trucks that passed the inspection were given a decal to display that helped minimize the chance of being stopped for a roadside inspection for three months.

“We inspected 84 trucks as part of the pilot program and found a total of 33 violations,” said Steve Goolie, City of Tacoma Road Use Compliance Officer. “We issued 70 CVSA Decals. The low numbers of violations indicate the companies were making an effort to ensure the vehicles were in good operating condition prior to being inspected.”

The City received positive feedback about the program from the trucking companies, and is planning to continue the program on a quarterly basis.

“We value our partnership with the cities of Tacoma and Fife to provide these free safety inspections to the trucking companies serving our terminals. The program provides an opportunity for local law enforcement officers to educate truck drivers and ensures the continued safety of our roads,” said Clare Petrich, Port of Tacoma commission president.