Massachusetts State Police Inspect New Bedford Seafood Trucks
SEEKONK — Trucks hauling seafood from the Port of New Bedford were flagged recently by Massachusetts State Police and Massachusetts Environmental Police for a total of 34 violations of various types.
The State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section (MSP CVES) teamed with the Environmental Police on February 18 for a joint inspection operation, setting up on Interstate 195 eastbound in Seekonk.
State Troopers inspected to ensure the vehicles were in compliance with state laws and federal motor carrier safety regulations, while Environmental Police inspected the loads to ensure they were in accordance with federal and state fishery regulations.
Eight trucks were inspected, and 34 violations of various types were discovered, according to State Police. They say three trucks were placed out-of-service for safety violations, and one driver was placed out-of-service for not having a commercial driving license. Two trucks were found to be over the legal weight and their drivers were fined. They say one of the trucks was so overweight it was listing to the left and had to be offloaded.
State Police say the location “was chosen solely because of the extremely high volume of commercially-shipped seafood that departs the New Bedford port every day.”