New truck inspection station opens on I-10

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The Texas Department of Public Safety recently opened a new truck inspection facility in Seguin along I-10.

The facility is located on Interstate 10 East at mile marker 620 east of Seguin and includes a number of features to expedite inspections. There is a four-lane wide awning for trucks to pull under, allowing trucks that pass the initial screening to continue on their way while trucks with potential violations are pulled over for additional safety checks.

It also features $1 million in technology that helps detect in real-time if a commercial vehicle is following the law, including a weigh-in-motion sensor and an over-height detector, as well as hazardous materials placard and carrier identification sensors. The sensors are connected to a computer database that identifies credentialing, violation history, and if the vehicle is under a federal out-of-service order. A thermal imaging array examines a truck’s wheels and brakes for abnormalities, such as defective brakes.

A 90-foot platform scale — the only one like it in the state — also allows inspection officials to weigh an entire truck at once.

“This one of a kind facility will benefit the trucking industry throughout the state of Texas and beyond, and promote safety for everyone on the roadway,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The facility will quickly and efficiently get commercial vehicles back on the road, while helping put dangerous trucks out of service on this busy stretch of highway between San Antonio and Houston.”