Yellowstone to Conduct Safety Evaluations of Commercial Operators
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 15, 2022
Commercial operators who work in Yellowstone National Park may want to inspect their buses and vans, as park rangers will complete safety evaluations to ensure visitor and vehicle safety.
Yellowstone rangers are partnering with state and federal transportation officials to conduct safety evaluations of commercial vehicles and operators traveling in the park this summer. The inspections are intended to ensure the safe operation of commercial buses and trucks on Yellowstone’s roadways.
Rangers and collaborators evaluate vehicles and drivers to ensure full compliance with federal regulations governing commercial vehicles’ operation. These inspections help protect visitors, employees, and park resources.
Yellowstone’s interagency inspection program has been in place for over two decades. The program has resulted in a significant decrease in “out-of-service” violations, requiring either a commercial vehicle or a commercial driver to be taken off the road due to serious mechanical or driver-specific violations.
Meanwhile, park construction crews are making astounding progress on the Old Gardiner Road.
Recent photos released by the National Park Service show a significant portion of the road is already being paved. Meanwhile, roadsides with sheer drops are being reinforced, and culverts installed at critical locations.
Park officials are confident the road will be fully open by the end of October.