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Yellowstone National Park to Conduct Commercial Vehicle Safety Inspections

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Date: June 21, 2006
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307) 344-2012

Full level inspections on commercial vehicles will begin soon in Yellowstone National Park. The inspections will be unannounced and focus on commercial buses and trucks.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper/Inspectors, Montana Department of Highways, and U.S. Department of Transportation Inspectors will assist park rangers with the full level inspections at random locations throughout the park. A full level inspection evaluates both the driver and the commercial vehicle to assure full compliance with federal regulations that govern commercial vehicles. 

Conducting these inspections ensures the safe operation of these large commercial vehicles, which helps protect visitors, park employees, and park resources from potential mishaps. 

This is the eighth year of the interagency inspection program. Each year there has been a significant decrease in the most serious “out-of-service” violations which require that either a commercial vehicle or a commercial driver be taken off the road due to serious mechanical or driver-specific violations.

Did You Know?

Summer Crowd at Old Faithful.

At peak summer levels, 3,500 employees work for Yellowstone National Park concessioners and about 800 work for the National Park Service.