The Motor Carrier Enforcement Section is comprised of the most highly trained and experienced commercial motor vehicle examiners in the state of New Hampshire who are certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The Motor Carrier Enforcement Section has three distinct teams:
- Border Team -Troopers assigned to the Border Team patrol the borders of New Hampshire with Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine and Canada. The Border Team conducts Federal Motor Carrier Safety Inspections, gross vehicle weight checks, and drug interdiction. The Border Team works closely with federal, state and local law enforcement to maintain border safety and security. The Border Team utilizes K-9 units to assist in the identification and eradication of explosive materials and illegal drugs.
- New Entrant Team- Troopers assigned to the New Entrant Team administer the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Troopers assigned to the New Entrant Team ensure compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Rules and Regulations utilizing safety audits and compliance reviews. During safety audits, Troopers provide educational and technical assistance to the new entrant and gather safety data needed to make an assessment of the new entrant's safety performance and adequacy of its basic safety management controls. During compliance reviews Troopers examine the motor carrier operations, such as drivers’ hours of service, maintenance and inspection, driver qualification, commercial drivers license requirements, financial responsibilities, accidents, hazardous materials, and other safety and transportation records to determine whether a motor carrier meets the safety fitness standard.
- Weigh Team - Troopers assigned to the Weigh Team are responsible for enforcing state statutes as they pertain to maximum gross allowable weight limits on the roads and bridges of the state of New Hampshire. Overweight vehicles are typically more dangerous on the roads because of the extra effort needed to stop and control the overweight vehicle. Also, the damage caused to the roadways and bridges by each overweight vehicle is significantly more than legally loaded vehicles. The Weigh Team utilizes a state-of-the-art scale facility on Route 93 in Windham and portable scales to check compliance. The goal of the Weigh Team is to protect the lives of the riders traveling on New Hampshire roads while also prolonging the life of the roads and bridges.