Iowa Supreme Court: IDOT officers Can Only Ticket Commercial Vehicles


The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that Iowa Department of Transportation officers do not have authority to issue speeding tickets to or arrest drivers outside of the regulation of commercial vehicles.

The finding came Friday in separate 2016 cases in which lower courts split on the issue, with a judge in Iowa County finding that carrier enforcement officers did have such authority, while a judge in Polk County ruled that those officers did not.
The high court in the state on Friday allowed Iowa laws to arrest officers and to provide tickets only for violations of the operating authority, record, size, weight and burden of commercial vehicles.

Last year, state law changed and temporarily granted IDOT officials the right to buy tickets for non-commercial vehicles next year.

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