Motor Vehicle Enforcement

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Motor Vehicle Enforcement, sometimes known as MVE, is a dynamic, progressive, and professional statewide law enforcement organization dedicated to highway safety. Our officers serve and protect the public by patrolling Iowa’s highways and operating our state-of-the-art weigh station facilities. We are Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) certified peace officers. While we enforce all state law (traffic and criminal) our core mission is in the enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), vehicle size, weight, registration, and travel authority of commercial motor vehicles.

COVID-19 Information

Motor carriers transporting livestock and livestock feed; medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants; and food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores, are temporarily waived from following hours of service requirements both in Iowa and the United States by declaration from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration until May 31, 2021.

On non‐interstate roads only, motor carriers hauling vaccines, antivirals, prescription drugs, protective equipment, other necessary medical assets, food, medical supplies, cleaning products, other household goods, agricultural supplies and commodities (including, but not limited to, livestock, raw milk, and crop supplies), or any other goods and supplies necessary to respond to this public health disaster and its economic effects may exceed the weights listed in Iowa Code 321.463 by 12.5% without a permit so long as they don’t exceed 20,000 pounds on an individual axle, and their total weight does not exceed 90,000 pounds. Trucks are still required to obey posted bridge restrictions. This expires May 2.