Technology is supporting the role of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU) trooper in several ways.
Using laptop computers during roadside inspections, the troopers are able to identify trucks that are being operated in an "out-of-service" condition. They can:
- Enter inspection data into the Safety and Fitness Electronic RecordingSAFERdatabase.
- Query the SAFER system and determine if a vehicle has been inspected within the past 60 days.
- View a copy of the previous inspection reports performed on the vehicle.
Using hand-held scanning devices, troopers can get real-time license, registration status and/or identify a person wanted as a fugitive instantly.
Using Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) devices, troopers can screen commercial vehicle traffic to determine immediately if a vehicle is overweight or over-dimension.
SAFER is a national information network making safety data electronically accessible by enforcement agencies nationwide. The system provides "Carrier Snapshots" which are a concise electronic record of a carrier's identifications, size, commodity being transported, safety record, safety rating (if available), crash information and a roadside out-of-service inspection summary.
The SAFER system is updated routinely. The following information can be obtained through the SAFER website:
- Carrier Safety Profiles, which contain the most current data in the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS).
- Carrier Snapshot Files, which are updated weekly.
- SAFESTAT data, which is updated bi-annually.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), of which SAFER is a part, uses the information recorded in the system to establish a safety rating for each carrier. In turn, the rating is used by the FMCSA to help determine if a carrier should receive a safety audit and by insurance companies to determine rates.
Motor carriers can access information relative to their current safety rating through the SAFER website.