November 30th, 2012
COMMERCIAL DRIVER CHECKZero Crashes, Injuries and Fatalities, by Catherine Higgins.
The UDOT Motor Carriers Division helps assure the safety of operators and the traveling public by monitoring carriers at Ports of Entry around the state.
Inspectors at UDOT Ports of Entry conduct over 37 thousand vehicle safety inspections on commercial motor vehicles per year at eight ports throughout the state. When it comes to conducting inspections, ports focus on carriers and shippers that pose a risk to highway safety.
An automated transponder system called Prepass helps expedite that effort. Prepass allows prequalified carriers to bypass a POE. Some carriers may need to stop for an inspection.
Inspector Zaundra Carter conducts hundreds of vehicle inspections each year at the Perry Port of Entry near Brigham City, Utah. She has expert knowledge of how big rigs operate and knows what to look for during an inspection.
She checks every system on the vehicle to identify safety violations. Depending on the severity of a violation, Carter may stop the carrier from proceeding on the route or require the carrier to provide future proof that the safety hazard has been fixed.
Carriers may also need to undergo a paperwork check. Commercial drivers are required to meet many requirements to be able to operate in Utah. Some of the requirements for operating in Utah include:
- A current, valid commercial license that includes all the appropriate classifications and endorsements specific to the vehicle being driven.
- A medical examination and skills and performance evaluation certificate
- A copy of the vehicle’s registration
- A copy of the vehicle’s fuel permit
- Proof of vehicle insurance
- Driver’s daily logbook that shows information about hours of operation (drivers are required to take regular rest breaks)
- Proof of proper operating authority, if operating for hire
- A copy of your Uniform Hazardous Material Credentials, if handling HM that requires the vehicle to be placarded
- A copy of your USDOT Materials Certificate of Registration or other document showing your Registration number
- Proof of an annual inspection
- Proper vehicle identification
UDOT’s highways handle a disproportionately high amount of freight for the entire country. Large trucks make up 23 percent of total traffic on Utah highways; the national average is 12 percent. That high truck volume makes UDOT POE’s critical to the safety of Utah highways.