CHP USING RANDOM SAFETY INSPECTIONS TO REDUCE COLLISIONS

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September 30, 2014 (San Diego)-- In an effort to continue to reduce the number of people killed in bus and motorcoach collisions, the Border Division CHP will be conducting random on-highway safety inspections in San Diego County.

These efforts will primarily be focused on and near the I-5 and I-15 corridors.  During these inspections, certified CHP inspectors will be working to ensure that those carriers operating on California roadways are adhering to the safety standards established by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“The CHP has developed a passenger vehicle inspection program with a goal of enhancing passenger carrier safety in California.  Through this program, the CHP conducts safety inspections on commercial vehicles, including buses and their drivers,” said Border Division Chief Jim Abele.

Passenger vehicle certified inspectors are specially trained commercial enforcement CHP personnel equipped to inspect the vehicle, driver and the carrier to ensure compliance.  Some of the items that the inspectors will be checking for are vehicle brake systems, lights, steering mechanisms, proper classification of driver license and improper operating carrier authority.

While enforcement is a critical part of the traffic safety equation, education is equally important.  The CHP offers the Commercial Industry Education Program (CIEP).  The CIEP is designed to educate California’s commercial industry encouraging voluntary compliance with regulations. 

For information on the CIEP program the public may contact any CHP Motor Carrier Safety Unit statewide or refer to the CHP’s website: www.chp.ca.gov.  The public may also contact any CHP Motor Carrier Safety Unit to inquire on the current inspection rating status of any tour bus or trucking company.  For San Diego County inquiries contact (858) 650-3645.