Roadcheck 2002 shows safety and productivity improvement

| 6/21/2002

The 14th annual 72-hour Roadcheck-held June 4-6-resulted in 49,032 inspections performed by 8,190 personnel at 919 locations throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States, according to figures released by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. Inspectors found 25,204 vehicles free of critical safety defects, up 6.3 percent from last year (23,716).

For all inspections, 77.9 percent of the vehicles met safety standards for mechanical fitness, with 22.1 percent placed out of service because of various defects and violations.

Brake problems were the most frequent out-of-service violation, comprising 53.3 percent of total out-of-service violations, followed by lights (12.8 percent), tires and wheels (8.1 percent), load securement (6.8 percent) and suspension (5.0 percent).

For all inspections, 94.3 percent of drivers met safety fitness standards, with 5.7 percent placed out of service (equal to 2000 and 2001). A total of 58.1 percent of drivers were placed out of service for hours-of-service violations, with an added 8.4 percent for falsifying records of duty status.

A total of 394 drivers were found to have problems with their licensing privilege and were placed out of service, comprising 11.5 percent of the total drivers placed out of service. Of these 394, 118 had suspended licenses, 75 were under disqualification and 33 were in a withdrawal status. Thirty-four drivers (1.0 percent of the total driver out of service violations) were placed out of service due to drug/alcohol violations.

As in 2001, the Level III Inspections (driver only) resulted in a higher out-of-service rate, coming in at 10.6 percent. However, this figure is down from 2001, when 11.9 percent of drivers were placed out of service during Level III inspections.

Of the 6,091 inspections of hazardous materials vehicles, 5,047 (82.9 percent) were found mechanically fit, while 1,044 vehicles (17.1 percent) and 158 drivers (2.6 percent) were placed out of service.

The 2002 number of hazardous materials inspections represents a 57.8 percent increase over what was done in 2001 (3,861). The increased emphasis on hazmat loads and drivers was due in large part to security concerns in the truck and bus industry.