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An Untapped Resource: Retired MCSAP/DOT Officers By Andrew K. Blair, York Area Regional Police Department,MCSAP (retired) from (CVSA the Guardian magazine)

 I n the quest for safer highways across the country, there is a resource available for companies/carriers that remains largely untapped – retired or former MCSAP or DOT officers. Retired or former MCSAP or DOT officers typically spent many years working with state and federal regulations on truck safety. They have spent many hours around trucks, buses, drivers, logbooks, etc. Yet, once they retire or leave, their knowledge is left unused. 

Former officers can do a lot of good for companies who are trying to keep their fleet and drivers in good shape. Trucks and drivers will, at some point, get stopped, and current enforcement officers may find violations that were not caught by inspectors who may not be well schooled in the “North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria.” Former MCSAP/DOT officers, however, have the real-world knowledge and experience necessary to conduct inspections with a local company and identify what would be caught during a Level I Inspection. These former officers are no longer considered the “bad guy.” No fines, out-of-service orders, or missed or delayed deliveries. They can be very effective in helping companies who have high BASIC scores or even ones that don’t have high scores but would like to make sure their shop is doing a good job on maintenance. These types of “private” inspections can go a long way toward improving the safety of vehicles on the roads today. More trucks will be fixed before hitting the road. Companies will spend less on expensive roadside repairs and delivery schedules will be kept.
 Isn’t that what this is all about? Making the roads safer, companies making appropriate repairs, fewer fines and fewer delayed deliveries. Sounds like a win for everybody. Companies should inquire if any officers in their area will be retiring or leaving soon and see if they would be interested in conducting private inspections.