A state lawmaker is pushing to restore funding for state motor carrier inspectors laid off because of budget cuts.
In 2008, about 86 troopers and inspectors were dedicated to daily truck mechanical inspections statewide, according to Indiana State Police.
In December 2009, the state laid off 42 motor carrier inspectors due to budget constraints.
The agency currently has 72 troopers and inspectors dedicated to the task.
According to the Indiana Motor Truck Association, one million trucks pass through Indiana every day, equivalent to one inspecting officer per 13,000 trucks.
In 2012 Indiana State Police found more than 6,000 trucks with mechanical issues so dangerous that officers immediately pulled them off the road.
A proposed amendment to bring the inspectors back didn’t receive enough votes but some lawmakers vow to try to find another way.
The estimated the cost of rehiring 14 inspectors is about $400,000.