Motor Carrier Enforcement Officer
Positions in this job family are involved in the enforcement of state laws, rules, and regulations concerning motor carrier operation, motor vehicle license and registration, motor fuel taxes and fees, and the transportation or disposal of deleterious substances or hazardous materials. This includes monitoring and inspecting of motor vehicles for required safety standards, permits, registration, or decals, issuing warnings or citations, impounding vehicles, and arresting or determining other appropriate actions against violators. They inspect truck stops, wash pits, oil well sites, and other areas to identify unauthorized disposal or dumping of deleterious substances and will respond to complaints about such actions. Duties are accomplished through the operation of a motor vehicle weigh station or patrolling state roads and highways.
- Patrols roads and highways or operates a weigh station to identify motor carriers operating in violation of state laws, stops apparent violators, inspects vehicles and documents to determine compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations, and evaluates truck contents to identify substances being transported in violation of the law or established safety standards.
- Enforces state size and weight laws and overweight and oversize permits.
- Issues citations or warnings, determining applicable fees and penalties in accordance with state law, serves warrants, writs and notices issued by the Corporation Commission; may arrest violators; accept bonds guaranteeing court appearance; testifies at trials and hearings.
- Impounds improperly registered vehicles until the vehicle is properly registered and applicable fees are paid.
- Performs vehicle and driver safety inspections in accordance with national standards.
- Provides assistance and information to law enforcement entities and motor vehicle licenses agents with regard to state motor vehicle and motor fuel laws.
- Serves as liaison with the public concerning motor carrier problems and issues, explains the requirements and application of existing statutes and rules.
- Investigates complaints regarding service, damage settlements, illegal dumping and storage or transportation of deleterious substances.
- Provides initial response to accident scenes involving deleterious and hazardous materials, notifies appropriate agencies and local authorities; provides technical guidance or supervision to others at the scene.
- Performs detailed inspections at illegal dumping sites; prepares reports of inspections; assists legal department in preparing for trials or administrative hearings.
- Conducts investigations involving pollution related incidents.
The Motor Carrier Enforcement Officer job family consists of four (4) levels that are distinguished by the complexity of assignments, the level of expertise required to perform the duties assigned, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.
LEVEL I: Code: M53A Salary Band: I
This is the entry level of the job family where employees are assigned duties and responsibilities in a training status in order to build skills in the enforcement of state laws, rules and regulations regarding motor carrier operations, motor vehicle license and registration, and motor fuel taxes and fees. Employees will receive formal classroom and field training from Level III and IV Motor Carrier Enforcement Officers in firearms usage, application and enforcement of motor carrier laws and rules, commercial motor vehicle laws and rules, motor vehicle laws and rules, and departmental policies and procedures. Employees will also receive formal classroom training from CLEET in law enforcement operations and procedures, state and federal laws, self-defense and use of firearms.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of routine law enforcement practices. Ability is required to follow oral and written instructions; to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to make oral and written reports; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; and to react quickly and effectively in emergency situations.
Education and Experience requirements are mandated by statute: (47 O.S. Section 172.1) 1999 Supp: Applicants “shall be high school graduates and shall have had at least three (3) years practical experience in the transportation industry or in the field of law enforcement.”
LEVEL II: Code: M53B Salary Band: K
This is the career level of the job family, where employees are assigned duties and responsibilities at the full-performance level and perform a wide range of tasks involving the monitoring and inspecting of motor carriers and investigating complaints regarding transportation or disposal of deleterious or hazardous materials, and presentations to the industry and the public. Positions do not have direct supervisory responsibilities, but may serve as lead worker at scale houses, roadblocks or accident sites.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified at Level I plus knowledge of law enforcement principles and practices; state and federal laws concerning the transportation industry; of the rules of the Corporation Commission regarding motor carriers and the transportation and disposal of deleterious materials; of various types of chemical, explosives and other hazardous materials; of the containment, storage, disposal and transportation requirements for such materials; of investigation techniques; of the rules of evidence; and of public relations in law enforcement programs. Ability is required to exercise tact in securing compliance with laws and regulations; to perform inspections and investigations; and to coordinate and direct the activities of others.
Education and Experience requirements are mandated by statute: (47 O.S. Section 172.1) 1999 Supp: Applicants “shall be a high school graduate and shall have had at least three (3) years practical experience in the transportation industry or in the field of law enforcement” and one (1) year of experience as a CLEET certified law enforcement officer.
LEVEL III: Code: M53C Salary Band: L
This is the specialist level of the job family, where employees are assigned responsibility for planning, organizing, and directing motor carrier enforcement and pollution abatement activities in a specific location of the state or over a certain regulatory enforcement within the state. In this role they will perform duties as specified in Level II as well as coordinate and monitor various enforcement activities and determine additional requirements for special investigations regarding regulation of motor carriers, pollution control, railroad oversight, highway truck safety, hazardous materials, and wash pits. Employees at this level perform specific duties as assigned which include: developing and conducting training in firearm usage; performing specialized computer skills and training others on software usage; performing safety inspection on vehicles transporting hazardous materials or on cargo tank trailers; performing driver inspections; specialized complaint investigations involving multiple regulatory, registration, or fuel tax programs of motor carriers; and performing compliance reviews on motor carriers for compliance with safety regulations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level II plus knowledge of basic accounting principles and training principles plus ability to apply special investigation techniques.
Education and Experience requirements at this level are mandated by statute (47 O.S. Section 172-1) 1999 Supp: Applicants “shall be high school graduates and shall have had at least three (3) years practical experience in the transportation industry or in the field of law enforcement” and will have two (2) years of experience in motor carrier enforcement for a regulatory agency and be CLEET certified.
LEVEL IV: Code: M53D Salary Band: M
This is the leadership level of the job family, where employees are assigned responsibility for planning, organizing, and directing motor carrier enforcement and pollution abatement activities in an assigned region of the state. Employees will be assigned responsibility for direct supervision to Level I, II, and III Motor Carrier Enforcement Officers or Level I, II, and III Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officers involving planning, organizing, reviewing and evaluating the work of assigned staff. Employees will set work schedules, advise staff on questionable situations, and evaluate effectiveness of activities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus knowledge of the principles and techniques of supervision. Ability is required to plan and direct the activities and assignments of multiple work units; to testify in court; and to use theoretical and practical frameworks to describe complex law enforcement techniques in understandable usable ways.
Education and Experience requirements at this level are mandated by statute (47 O.S. Section 172-1) 1999 Supp: Applicants “shall be high school graduates and shall have had at least three (3) years practical experience in the transportation industry or in the field of law enforcement” and will have three (3) years of experience in motor carrier enforcement for a regulatory agency And be CLEET certified.
Statutory Requirement (47 O.S. Section 172.1) 1999 Supp: Applicants shall “….be certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) within twelve (12) months from the date of employment.”
Statutory Requirement (47 O.S. Section 172.1) 1999 Supp: “Applicant shall have attained the age of twenty-one (21) years.”
Applicants must be willing and able to be on call twenty-four (24) hours per day; be willing to travel frequently and be away from home for extended periods of time; be willing to relocate to the place of assignment; be willing to accept the physical discomforts and/or dangers inherent in the work.
Applicants conducting CLEET certified training must have received Instructor Development Certification and Peace Officer Certification from the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET).
Some positions in this job family will have requirements that the selected candidate live within 50 miles of the assigned facility.