2. a. Any State Police officer may inspect such vehicles, railroad cars, and places of origin or destination in the State with respect to compliance with motor carrier safety regulations or hazardous materials transportation regulations. Any State Police officer may also break such cargo seals on vehicles and railroad cars as may be necessary to inspect vehicles and railroad cars transporting hazardous materials to ascertain that packages as defined in 49 C.F.R. s.171.8 have been properly classified, described, packaged, marked, labeled, blocked and braced and are in proper condition for shipment.
Any State Police officer may stop and enter upon a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1985, c.415 (C.39:5B-32), traveling the roads of the State for the purpose of performing safety inspections consistent with State law and as provided for under the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1985, c.415 (C.39:5B-32).
Any State Police officer may enter, during regular business hours, the commercial premises owned or leased by a commercial motor vehicle carrier, wherein the records, required to be maintained under State law and the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1985, c.415 (C.39:5B-32), are stored and maintained, and may inspect and copy the records for the purpose of enforcing State law and the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1985, c.415 (C.39:5B-32). If the records contain evidence of violations of State law or the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1985, c.415 (C.39:5B-32), a State Police officer shall produce and take possession of copies of the records. The Superintendent of State Police shall coordinate activities under this section with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to ensure compliance with all federal and State laws and regulations.
b.The powers exercised by the State Police pursuant to this section may also be exercised by police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, police officers of the Delaware River Port Authority, and by personnel of the Department of Transportation duly authorized by the Superintendent of State Police. Appropriate personnel of the Department of Environmental Protection duly authorized by the superintendent may, consistent with federal regulations, inspect the contents of packages referred to in subsection a. of this section at places of origin prior to acceptance by the transporter or at places of destination after acceptance by the consignee. In addition, personnel of the Department of Environmental Protection so authorized may conduct, in conjunction with and under the direction of State Police personnel, inspections and break cargo seals as described in subsection a. of this section when at off-highway facilities, including, but not limited to, public truck stops, public rest areas, State weigh stations, and commercial motor vehicle inspection stations.
c.The Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to adopt, in consultation with the Superintendent of the State Police and pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), rules and regulations governing inspection and breaking of cargo seals by those authorized to do so under this section. No person not given specific authority in this section to do so shall break cargo seals under this section or otherwise implement the provisions of this section.
L.1985, c.415, s.2; amended 2012, c.72, s.2.