While commercial carrier enforcement is making headlines in New Jersey due to the Tracy Morgan accident, the general public has no idea that carrier enforcement has little to do with safety, and is mostly about money. Enforcement gives local jurisdictions the ability to leverage the Federal DOT Regulations to "shake down" carriers for Millions or perhaps Billions of dollars of penalties and fees. Proof is the predictable IFTA enforcement sweeps that "pop" up at the beginning of each quarter. A truck can roll into a weigh station during an IFTA sweep with 2 bald tires, and the only question is, "Where is your IFTA registration?
In Virginia officers focused on generating revenue issued improper tickets to our drivers on 2 occasions for IFTA registration violations. With trucks running in over 25 states, and a fleet of trucks logging over 100,000 miles a month, why are we getting IFTA violation only in Virginia? Misunderstanding of the rules, or financial motive? At $265 per incident we think the financial incentives can fog the clear vision of DOT enforcement.
We fought the second IFTA citation in Virginia and have receive a notice the complaint will be dropped. Most independent light commercial carriers don't have the resources or stomach for a legal fight with a State or Commonwealth over a DOT enforcement mistake. Another reason to sign-on with an experienced carrier, that knows the rules, and isn't afraid to push back and fight a money motivated ticket.