Philly Stages Second Truck Crackdown
December 1, 1998
Dec. 2 – Philadelphia staged its second truck crackdown in two weeks Monday morning.
Trucks of all sizes, from pickups to tractor-trailers, were pulled from I-95 between the Front Street exit and the Schuylkill River and examined by inspectors for the state Public Utility Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.
It was the second surprise inspection since a rash of heavy-truck accidents on the Schuylkill Expressway and I-95 earlier this fall. The first was Nov. 17.
There were 182 vehicles inspected. Only 24 were big rigs, 13 of which were put out of service.
Truckers complained that they were held up for hours, some missing delivery appointments. Ken Barry, a Maryland driver, pointed out to the newspaper that weigh stations, such as states like New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland have, would eliminate the need to blockade a highway and keep drivers waiting all morning.