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Fort Riley clarifies commercial vehicle access changes

By Maria Betzold | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | April 08, 2015

Changes to commercial vehicle access to Fort Riley have been enforced since Jan. 20. In order to prevent unnecessary delays, drivers of commercial vehicles should be aware of the installation access guidelines.

A commercial vehicle is any vehicle not used primarily for transporting passengers and carries merchandise, equipment or materials for business use. Construction trucks, moving trucks, semi-trucks, shipping and agricultural vehicles are examples of commercial vehicles.

McKenny Tremble, a security specialist with the Directorate of Emergency Services, explained it’s not the size but the use of a vehicle that determines whether it is a commercial or personal vehicle.

An example of a vehicle required to go through commercial gates is a work truck or van with materials or equipment going to a job site, Tremble said.

The designated commercial vehicle access control points are 12th Street and Estes gates. All occupants of the vehicle must be vetted through the National Crime Information Center and have an installation access badge. The gates are open 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Commercial vehicles must use Henry Gate when commercial gates are closed.

Tremble said veterans or family members who possess DOD credentials but also drive commercial vehicles must have an installation access badge to gain entrance when acting on behalf of a commercial entity.

Commercial vehicles are logged on the installation and may require additional searches. The commercial gates are part of a larger traffic control plan and provide an area to facilitate those searches away from the passenger vehicles. Drivers must provide a bill of lading or delivery invoice for the installation along with proper registration and insurance to gain access.

Tremble added it is important to note there are some exceptions to the commercial access procedures, usually in the case of an emergency. These exceptions are coordinated through the Directorate of Emergency Services, and the drivers are still subject to 100 percent vetting and vehicle searches.

Motorcycles, passenger cars, taxicabs, passenger trucks, SUV style passenger vehicles, passenger vans, commercial buses and school buses are allowed to enter Fort Riley through any access control point.

For more information, contact the Fort Riley Access Control Branch at 785-239-3138.  

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