SEATTLE -- The Seattle City Council has jumped into the fray over truck safety at the Port of Seattle.

All nine city council members signed a letter addressed to the Port of Seattle Commission President and the Port of Seattle CEO.

The letter is titled Concerns Related to Freight Traffic Safety on Seattle Streets. It asks the Port Commission to take a lead role in ensuring that the trucks that serve the port are safe on the city s streets.

The letter follows KING 5 s investigation called Risky Rigs which used Washington State Patrol inspection data to show that the trucks that haul shipping containers to and from the port are some of the most dangerous on the road.Inspection records show half of the trucks given so-called Level 1 inspections are pulled off the road because of faulty or unsafe equipment.

The City Council says port protocols do not seem to us to encourage safety.

A spokesperson for the port commission says the port is making changes, including training for port police officers.Several of them will undergo commercial vehicle enforcement training at the Washington State Patrol academy next month. That means, for the first time, port officers will have the authority to inspect trucks on port property.

The State Patrol is heading a task force that has been conducting truck inspections on streets around the Port of Seattle.
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