Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Program

Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Program began in July of 2009. The Longview Police Department currently has three officers certified as Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officers and the program is expected to grow in coming years. The program has been made possible by a change in the law that now gives authorization to cities with a population
of over 50,000 residents to begin an enforcement program. The State of Texas made this change due to the ever increasing volume of commercial motor vehicles traveling through cities of Longview's size. The goal of the program is to improve the safety of the public by deterring violations being committed by operators of large commercial vehicles. The most common of
these violations are vehicles that are over weight, have hazardous equipment violations or have operators that are exceeding their driving hours. Commercial motor vehicles that are over weight are largely responsible for the damage caused to Longview City roadways and place a burden on Longview taxpayers for the repair of these damaged roads.

In the first month of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Program, 69 commercial vehicles were inspected. Of those 69 vehicles, 218 violations were found and 18 of these vehicles were put out of service due to safety violations.