Higher fines and more random inspections will be the result of an audit that finds gaps in the agency that regulates trucking in Colorado.
The legislative audit of the state's Department of Revenue's Port of Entry division finds that the agency is not targeting high–risk vehicles for safety checks because inspectors don't have the needed data on the trucks.
It also finds that operating hours for ports of entry are too predictable, allowing night drivers to skirt the ports.
The study also finds that Colorado's commercial vehicle fees and fines are too low. Colorado's fine for operating a truck more than 5,000 pounds over limit is just 60 dollars, compared to 300 dollars for Utah.
The Department of Revenue agreed to these and other recommendations and will make the changes as soon as possible.