Indiana plans to halve the state’s number of state police motor vehicle inspectors in January, reported WTHR-13 Eyewitness News online. The NBC affiliate said the troubled economy is to blame for the reduction of personnel.
“Every state has a finite amount of resources and the state of Indiana is no different,” said ISP Sgt. Dave Bursten.
In addition to performing truck safety checks, the inspectors also are responsible for looking over the state’s school buses. Of the 83 current inspectors, about half of them will be out of a job on Jan. 1.
The wisdom of cutting safety inspection personnel has come into question, especially in light of historically overworked and understaffed inspectors, said the source.
Calling the inspectors “the front line for truck safety,” Indiana Motor Truck Association president Kenny Cragen said he had concerns for the danger the cuts could pose. While the association is in favor of prudent government spending limits and waste reduction, “we think this is not well thought and urge the governor to reconsider,” Cragen said.