Why HTE? Because conducting hazardous material inspections has become more complex than before and the impact on public safety and commerce is greater. Keeping unsafe trucks off the road is now more critical than ever before. With shrinking budgets, it is critical to find ways to improve productivity for inspectors and reduce wait times for carriers.
The inspection process is now more about background checks, transportation security, vehicle safety, and international harmonization. It is about having to inspect a larger percentage of the 800,000 daily shipments of hazardous materials. It’s about knowing if segregation rules are being followed and if the right cargo tanker is being used for the hazardous materials it is carrying. It's about granting authority for inspectors to open packages and know what they should see.
HTE does not replace inspectors -- it helps them conduct more inspections and find more violations.