Motor transportation police recognized

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The group was honored on a national level at a conference in San Antonio, Texas

By Special to the Monitor

SANTA FE — The Motor Transportation Police Division (MTP) was honored on a National level at the 2010 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Leadership Conference held Thursday in San Antonio, Texas.  

MTP was presented with the award for the medium-sized state with the “Most Comprehensive and Effective Compliance Review Program.”

MTP’s Compliance Review Unit is responsible for conducting in-depth audits (compliance reviews) on motor carriers to determine the carrier’s safety, MTP examine their safety management practices during a multi-faceted review.  

During the compliance review, the carrier’s vehicle maintenance files are checked to ensure vehicles are maintained in accordance with federal regulations, driver files are evaluated to ensure the carrier is conducting background checks, complying with drug testing requirements, and properly screening for unsafe drivers.  

If the carrier transports hazardous materials, it is evaluated for ensuring that all required safety and security processes are established and utilized.

The Compliance Review Unit consists of Sgt. David Abeita and officers Brigit Ramirez, Jesus Avila, Carlos Perea and Alejandro (Steve) Chavez.  

The unit is under the supervision of the Federal Programs Office of MTP Headquarters.  These officers work to ensure the motor carriers operating on New Mexico’s streets and highways are doing so in a safe and professional manner in order to make the state a safer place to live and work.

MTPD is a division of the Department of Public Safety. With complete statewide law enforcement jurisdiction, MTPD enforces both federal safety regulations as well as state motor vehicle and criminal codes.