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 commissioner under this
Subd. 2. Enforcement powers.
Transportation program specialists and hazardous material
program specialists of the department, for the purpose of enforcing (1) this chapter, sections
relating to commercial vehicle inspections, and sections
relating to motor carrier licenses and trip permits, (2) Code of Federal Regulations, title
49, parts 40 and 382, and (3) the applicable rules, orders, or directives of the commissioner of
transportation and the commissioner of revenue, issued under this chapter and chapter 168D or
296A, 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
and the rules, orders, or directives of the commissioner 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
Subd. 4. Document inspection.
Records, log books, certificates, licenses, shipping
documents, or other papers or documents required to determine compliance with this chapter,
rules adopted under this chapter, and Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, parts 40 and 382, must
be presented for inspection, upon request, to a peace officer or police officer or other person
empowered to enforce this chapter.
History: 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; 1998 c 299 s 30; 1999 c 238 art 2 s 65; 2001 c
213 s 30; 2002 c 364 s 24,25; 2002 c 371 art 2 s 21