ISP: Commercial Vehicle Enforcement

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement

Major Jon E. Smithers

Major Jon E. Smithers

The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division is responsible for enforcing both state and federal regulations (FMCSR’s) on all commercial motor vehicles. Our major tasks include conducting Safety Inspections, New Entrant Safety Audits, and Compliance Reviews to ensure compliance with equipment and hours-of-service regulations. The division is also tasked with enforcing Indiana’s size and weight laws and ensure that commercial carriers are properly registered and paying their fair share of fuel tax dollars. We assist in the investigation of commercial vehicle crashes (post-crash inspections) and manage the annual school bus inspection program.


Goals and Mission:

The goals of the division are to reduce the number of CMV crashes, and therefore the number of injuries, and fatalities related to CMV crashes. As well as, to reduce the damage to Indiana’s highways and bridges caused by overweight vehicles (for every ten percent increase in vehicle weight the

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TxDPS – Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Overview

Objective and Mission

L&W officer using canine to inspect an 18-wheeler

The objective of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Service is to reduce commercial motor vehicle
accidents through the enforcement of Motor Carrier Safety Regulations; to protect the state highways from unnecessary
damage by securing compliance with state laws regulating weight of commercial vehicles; to ensure equitable payment of
commercial vehicle registration fees by enforcement of registration laws; to protect the rights, privileges, and safety
of the general public in the use of the public highway system by securing compliance with traffic laws and regulations
applicable to the operation of all vehicles.

L&W officer inspecting the tire of an 18-wheeler

The basic mission or responsibility of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Service is weighing and
checking commercial vehicle traffic operating over the public highways of this state so that compliance with the
statutory provisions of law regulating weight, motor carrier safety, registration, transportation of persons,
hazardous material and other property

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