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221.221 Enforcement powers.

Subdivision 1. Commissioner enforces. The commissioner shall enforce the provisions of this chapter and rules, orders, and directives issued or adopted by the board or commissioner under this chapter.

Subd. 2. Enforcement powers. Transportation program specialists and hazardous material program specialists of the department, for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of this chapter, sections 169.781 to 169.783 relating to commercial vehicle inspections, and section 296.17, subdivisions 10 and 17, relating to motor carrier licenses and trip permits, and the applicable rules, orders, or directives of the commissioner, the commissioner of revenue, and the board issued under this chapter and chapter 296, but for no other purpose, have the powers conferred by law upon police officers. The powers include the authority to conduct inspections at designated highway weigh stations or under other appropriate circumstances.

Subd. 3. Delegated powers. Representatives of the department to whom authority has been delegated by the commissioner for the purpose of enforcing sections 169.781 to 169.783, 221.041, and 221.171 and the rules, orders, or directives of the commissioner or board adopted or issued under those sections, and for no other purpose, shall have the powers conferred by law upon police officers. The representatives of the department have the power to inspect records, logs, freight bills, bills of lading, or other documents which may provide evidence to determine compliance with sections 169.781 to 169.783, 221.041, and 221.171.

Subd. 4. Inspection of documents. Records, log books, certificates, licenses, shipping documents, or other papers or documents required to determine compliance with this chapter and rules adopted under this chapter, must be presented for inspection, upon request, to a peace officer or police officer or other person empowered to enforce the provisions of this chapter.

HIST: Ex1957 c 17 s 22; 1971 c 25 s 67; 1975 c 313 s 13; 1976 c 166 s 88; 1978 c 700 s 1; 1980 c 465 s 4; 1980 c 534 s 73; 1981 c 209 s 10; 1983 c 293 s 81; 1983 c 371 s 36; 1984 c 520 s 21; 1990 c 563 s 7,8; 1997 c 230 s 17,18