Truck inspections raise ire in Mercersburg

The Mercersburg Police Department has been stopping and inspecting commercial trucks for a couple of months, and area businesses claim the enforcement disrupts commerce. Full Story
looklocal

Carlisle, PA

#1 Jan 13, 2013
Looks like this is where it all began...2005.

I guarantee - at the other end of this, you will find...The Patriot Act.

This is the federal government...

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Pa. state police take over all truck inspection duties

http://www.policeone.com/police-technology/mo...

State Police are assuming full responsibility for truck safety inspections, a duty that had been shared with the state Department of Transportation.

PennDOT specialists have been transferred to the state police department since January, boosting the number of certified state police truck inspectors from 262 to 322. By transferring the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program to the state police, PennDOT freed $3.7 million in its 2005-06 budget to spend on road and bridge improvements.

Truck-law enforcement partnerships are also being expanded and offered to municipal police departments. And programs such as waste hauler inspections and holiday security awareness details are being used to enhance homeland security and demonstrate to truckers that they must comply with state and federal regulations when traveling in Pennsylvania.
Say What

York, PA

#2 Jan 15, 2013
looklocal wrote:
Looks like this is where it all began...2005.
I guarantee - at the other end of this, you will find...The Patriot Act.
This is the federal government...
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Pa. state police take over all truck inspection duties
http://www.policeone.com/police-technology/mo...
State Police are assuming full responsibility for truck safety inspections, a duty that had been shared with the state Department of Transportation.
PennDOT specialists have been transferred to the state police department since January, boosting the number of certified state police truck inspectors from 262 to 322. By transferring the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program to the state police, PennDOT freed $3.7 million in its 2005-06 budget to spend on road and bridge improvements.
Truck-law enforcement partnerships are also being expanded and offered to municipal police departments. And programs such as waste hauler inspections and holiday security awareness details are being used to enhance homeland security and demonstrate to truckers that they must comply with state and federal regulations when traveling in Pennsylvania.
Soooo, we should just stop all of these safety inspections and allow the trucking companies to police themselves????
boredah

Mercersburg, PA

#3 Jan 23, 2013
The cops in Mercersburg are always trying real hard to find a reason to pull drivers over.I took my business elsewhere.They are nothing but pests looking for revenue.
Furious In Mercersburg

Manchester, MI

#4 Jan 24, 2013
According to Pennsylvania Law, Section 4704 Title 75 - Inspection by police or Commonwealth personnel:

Subsection d:
"Any police officer or qualified Commonwealth employee shall be authorized to detain and inspect any vehicle ... which they have probable cause to believe may be in violation of the law."

Firstly, this says Police Officer (or Commonwealth Employee), not RETIRED police officer!

Secondly, it states that they must have PROBABLE CAUSE. They can't just pull over anyone they choose for no good reason!

Subsection e:
"Inspections shall be exercised only when the officer or employee is in uniform."

This does not specify what uniform, but being that this is a law regarding STATE POLICE, it can be assumed that they must have on a STATE POLICE uniform, not a Mercersburg PD uniform.

Subsection f:
"The department shall establish a program or programs to train and qualify Commonwealth employees, including Pennsylvania State Police officers, to inspect vehicles"

Once again, no mention of RETIRED officers!

Is it even legal (according to the law) for them to be doing this?
Say What

York, PA

#5 Jan 24, 2013
Furious,

If you check, the "retired" officer you refer to is a "retired" state trooper and now is an officer of the M-Burg PD.
Furious In Mercersburg

Manchester, MI

#6 Jan 24, 2013
My point exactly. He is no longer a State Trooper, which is what the law refers to with regard to him being able to perform inspections.
looklocal

Newport, PA

#7 Jan 24, 2013
Read the article linked in the first post.

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"Truck-law enforcement partnerships are also being expanded and offered to municipal police departments."
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You'll need to look at what legislation was involved when PSP took over truck inspections.

And the article refers to "Homeland Security" - so perhaps some directive from the Patriot Act gone astray?

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