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Thursday, June 14, 2012 n Covering the Williston Basin n Volume 2, Issue 24 More trucks, more checks

By JESSICA HOLDMAN Bismarck Tribune

companies in North Dakota. With more trucks come more safety violations, meaning more work for regulators and companies. Regulations are enforced through

compliance reviews, roadside inspec- tions and traffic stops, according to Capt. Eldon Mehrer, the North Dakota Highway Patrol motor carrier operations commander. A compliance review is done by an

investigator and the findings are turned over to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The results go through a review process to determine any fines. A review can be based on a compa-

There are an estimated 7,000 trucking

ny’s safety rating, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Compliance Safe- ty Accountability score or complaints, Mehrer said. “It’s like going to the dentist and get-

ting a tooth pulled without Novocaine,” said Randy Kopp, owner of Northland Boring in Bismarck. “Safety wise, yeah, it takes a lot of these guys that are neg- ligent off the road, but it’s hitting other guys hard.” Kopp has eight trucks that travel in

the oil field hauling equipment. He said it took 21/2 days for a compliance review to be done at his shop. The inspectors look at everything, from log books to drivers’ health records. They also check the trucks, rolling under them on a dolly — something Kopp said is hard for his drivers to do in the field. “If I’m out in the middle of a pas-

ture, I can’t do that,” he said. “The trucks get beat up on gravel roads. There are things my drivers don’t see in their walkaround.”


North Dakota State Highway Patrol troopers Chad Hermanson, left, and Joshua Anderson take time at a truck inspection site east of Bismarck last week to talk about the increased oil truck traffic and load violations related to the North Dakota oil patch.

pliance reviews have been performed so far, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data. Of those re- views. 95 found violations of federal or state truck safety regulations. The total number of violations was 820. In fiscal year 2011, the data showed,

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For fiscal year 2012, a total of 102 com-

164 reviews were done and in fiscal year 2010, 183 were done. In 2011, 157 com- panies had a total of 1,236 violations. In 2010, all the reviews found violations, a total of 1,794. Mehrer said six officers do compli-

ance reviews in the state, primarily from October through May.

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tions were done last year. Through March this year, more than 6,000 have been done. The number of compliance reviews

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Just under 15,000 roadside inspec-

has remained steady because the review staff has not increased, Mehrer said. The

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