Motor Carrier Officers Conduct Inspections

June 25, 2011

NEWS RELEASE

(ATLANTA) - Commerical motor vehicle inspectors from the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety conducted a two-day safety inspection detail of motorcoaches at Six Flags Over Georgia this past Friday and Saturday.  This was the 20th year commercial vehicle inspection officers and Six Flags have teamed together for the bus inspections.

A total of 43 motorcoaches were inspected over the two days with MCCD officers checking each motorcoach for equipment violations as well as ensuring each bus driver held the proper class license and was in compliance with federal regulations.  The braking system on each bus was also checked on the Performance-Based Brake Tester (PBBT).  During the inspections, officers found 84 vehicle violations and 5 driver violations.  The violations resulted in Out-Of-Service Orders being issued on 3 vehicles and 1 driver.

The motorcoach inspection detail is one of several conducted by Motor Carrier Compliance Officers each year.  A similar three-day inspection detail is conducted each year at the Sunbelt Expo in Moultrie.  Since January 2010, MCCD officers have inspected almost 2,000 motorcoaches in the state.  The inspections are conducted once the motorcoach arrives at the inspection location and has unloaded passengers.  Any equipment violations can then be corrected before the motorcoach departs the site carrying passenger back to the point of origin.

Friday morning, MCCD Commanding Officer Major Wayne Beck presented a plaque to Six Flags Security Manager Philip Mackey to mark the 20th anniversary of the Six Flags partnership.

Contact Information: 
DPS Public Information Office