Motor Carrier Officers enforce laws related to commercial vehicles. This deputy's job is setting up portable weight inspection spots, inspecting the mechanical safety of trucks, making sure hazardous loads are properly packaged, and that other loads are secured properly. Both state and federal commercial trucking laws have been in his purview.
In the 1970s, Washington County Land Use and Transportation transferred its equipment and funding for inspecting commercial trucks to your Sheriff's Office. Deputies were specially trained as Motor Carrier Enforcement Officers. As funding decreased, the number of deputies was reduced to just one in the county. Except for a part-time officer in Clackamas County, there has only been one Motor Carrier Officer Deputy in the tri-county metro area for quite some time.