Semi-trucks are subject to roadside inspections.  A roadside inspection is where an officer of the law is able to examine the individual semi-truck or other type of commercial motor vehicle.  More than 90% of all inspections are conducted by state inspectors, with the reminder conducted by the federal inspectors.  The inspection determines whether the driver is in compliance with the Federal Motor Safety Regulations.  In addition it will confirm Hazardous Material Regulations, if they are applicable.  Any violations will be documented, and the corporation who hires the driver who is violating the safety rules will be fined.  If the violations are serious enough, the inspectors will issue a driver out of service order.  This is an order that states that specific driver and that driver’s vehicle cannot return to service.  This is expensive, and no trucking corporation wants to be subject to an out of service order.

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