PA State Police Commercial Vehicle Training - Q&A
Ask Jim Ronca, Truck Accident Lawyer, Pennsylvania
What kind of training do the PA State Police personnel who deal with commercial vehicles have?
The PA State Police has different kinds of training depending on the jobs that they do. For instance there are inspectors who systematically inspect drivers and vehicles. Then there for officers who work in counties with large truck volumes or crashes.
What do inspectors do and what skills do they need?
Inspectors have to be familiar with the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Inspectors have to also be familiar with the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria and have to know how and when to say when vehicles should be out of service as well as drivers. You can imagine that the last thing a commercial truck driver wants to hear that his vehicle is out of service so inspectors have to have a thorough knowledge of how to enforce the guidelines and a sense of confidence to present these guidelines.
What is the training like specifically for inspectors?
Inspectors need to spend the entire 104 hours of training – no ifs, ands, or buts. Participants must bring with a laptop computer and printer that meets minimum Department provided performance requirements. Successful completion of the training course includes passing two written tests with a minimum score of 80 percent on each test. Inspectors must do a minimum of 32 Level 1 inspections per year and attend a one-day update class to maintain certification. Lastly, an inspector must be compliant with all Department inspection policies and procedures to maintain their certification.
What kind of work do the enforcers of weights and measures do?
This training is for enforcement officers who are needed to weigh and measure commercial vehicles. This course familiarizes officers with certain vehicle codes related to size and weight limitations and Oversize/Overweight Permit Regulations. Officers learn how to properly weigh and measure vehicles and information on prior court cases involving size and weight issues in Pennsylvania.
What is the training like for officers knowledgeable in weights and measures?
The class size is limited to 25 officers. Priority is given to counties with large truck volumes or crashes. Officers must attend the entire 18 hours of training and successfully complete the training course by passing a written test with a minimum score of 80 percent.