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Carroll County Fleet Complies with Maryland Inspection Law Following Fine Last December

February 2, 2004

Maryland State Police have found that the bureau of Carroll County government responsible for maintaining county-owned vehicles is complying with a state law requiring annual inspections and repairs for large trucks, according to the Baltimore Sun newspaper. The state police's commercial vehicle enforcement section paid a surprise visit to the county's Bureau of Fleet Management and Warehouse Operations nearly two months after the bureau was charged with violating the law. This time, an inspection was "conducted with no problems found.” After receiving an anonymous tip, a state police inspector issued a citation last December, charging that large county vehicles were not being inspected as required by law. The county was fined $1,023, which officials plan to appeal. Under the state Department of Transportation law, trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds, passenger buses, tractors, and semi-trailers must be "inspected, maintained and repaired" every 25,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. The state police inspector found that the county did not maintain complete records on all its vehicles, according to the inspector's report.
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