Inspections triple: 32 trucks grounded in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Multi-agency truck inspections will continue in Buffalo, N.Y. after more than half of the trucks recently inspected there were taken off the road.

Thirty-two trucks were grounded and 40 received summonses following a day of inspections last Thursday at Erie Community College that involved the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, the Amherst Police Department and the state Department of Transportation, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The most common violations were improper or faulty brakes, trailer brakes, broken springs and axle securements, load securements and driver qualifications.

“Some of the equipment violations on the trucks taken out of service were serious and it’s important for the motoring public to know that my office has a unit checking these commercial trucks and making our highways safer,” Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard said.

By teaming up with other agencies, Howard said the number of truck inspections tripled. Multi-agency commercial safety inspections will continue throughout 2016. Sixty-one trucks were inspected from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The sheriff’s office did not offer further details regarding the number of trucks receiving a summons versus those being pulled off the road.