Commercial Vehicle Safety Unit
In addition to providing law-enforcement services, our police conduct commercial-vehicle-safety and post-crash inspections and enforcement activities at all facilities under Maryland Transportation Authority jurisdiction. At these facilities, the MDTA Police Commercial Vehicle Safety Unit performs safety inspections of most vehicles with a gross-vehicle weight in excess of 10,000 pounds. Inspections are made in compliance with Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance regulations and Code of Maryland Regulations.
The Maryland Transportation Authority Police operate the newest and most modern commercial-vehicle weigh station and inspection complex on the East Coast, located at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway's toll plaza on I-95 in Perryville, Maryland. The facility can complete 40,000 inspections of drivers and vehicles each year.
The 65-member Commercial Vehicle Safety Unit includes uniformed Maryland Transportation Authority Police officers, civilian motor carrier inspectors and police cadets. The Federal Highway Administration's Transportation Safety Institute certifies the unit's staff.
The Preventive Maintenance Program (PM Program) requires that commercial vehicles be systematically inspected, repaired, and maintained every 12 months or 25,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Commercial Vehicle operators can obtain information regarding the PM Program by going to the Maryland Department of Transportation Preventive Maintenance Program page.