Motor Carrier Investigator - Grade 15

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This title exists in Transportation, Department of and has approximately 34 positions.

*The number of positions is approximate and represents the number of positions established (both filled and vacant); it is not an indication or reference to position type or duration, or intent to be filled.

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Salary Information for Motor Carrier Investigator
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Motor Carrier Investigator 15 $58,046 $70,317

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Job Duties

As a Motor Carrier Investigator, you would:

Maintain knowledge of federal and state laws, rules, and regulations, including Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, NYS Transportation Law, and Title 17 of New York State Code of Rules and Regulations; interprets and applies laws, rules, and regulations.

Issue Notices of Violations (NOVs) that lead to civil penalties and testifies in administrative, criminal, and civil courts.

Collect evidence and build cases against carriers by creating indexes and exhibits, and citing evidence.

Assist attorneys by testifying in court, submitting evidence, and making recommendations for settlements.

Successfully complete mandatory training and maintains required certifications provided by the FMCSA as well as extensive on-the-job training.

Pass tests on various motor carrier safety disciplines from the national training center to become certified and performs a designated number of roadside inspections and safety audits per year consistent with the FMCSA standard, to maintain certifications to perform roadside inspections and safety audits.  In order to maintain the certification to perform safety audits, incumbents must maintain the certification to perform roadside inspections.

Conduct roadside and terminal driver and vehicle inspections randomly and based on system safety measurement indicators as well as, in response to consumer and industry complaints.

Complete both federal and state compliance audits, which include New Entrant Safety Audits (NESAs) on behalf of the FMCSA of interstate motor carriers providing either for-hire or private transportation services.

Conduct the following audits of motor carriers based upon safety scores.  

Perform safety audits of motor carriers that have an unsatisfactory inspection history.

Perform terminal inspections and safety reviews of passenger carriers that have an alert status in FMCSAs Safety Measurement System.

Performs Driver Vehicle Examination Report (DVER) reviews of motor carriers that do not show proof of corrections for out-of-service violations.

Perform audits of carriers with high out-of-service rates, and multiple audits of motor carriers who are repeat out-of-service offenders.

Perform complaint investigations of unauthorized operations of for-hire motor carriers; consumer and industry complaint investigations concerning household goods companies and complaint investigations concerning unsafe motor carrier operations.

Conduct compliance reviews of motor carriers including but not limited to records involving commercial driver files which include drug and alcohol testing; medical qualification; Commercial Driver Licensing (CDL) requirements (when applicable); driver abstracts and former employment records as well as reviewing vehicle maintenance records.

Perform administrative duties such as scheduling work, preparing detailed reports of investigations, and contacting motor carriers on behalf of state and federal governments.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

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Mobility Options

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through transfers opportunities or other examinations.

For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322.

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