CVSA Roadcheck set for June 3-5; seat belts a top priority

| 5/16/2008

When 10,000 inspectors deploy to 1,000 inspection sites this summer for the CVSA’s annual Roadcheck enforcement blitz, seat belt usage will be among their top priorities. The 72-hour Roadcheck is scheduled for June 3, 4 and 5 and will take place in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Steve Keppler, director of policy and programs for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, has said that the inspectors will also be on the lookout for any and all other violations, including hours-of-service problems and equipment problems.

In 2007, public safety officers across the U.S. found a higher rate of hours-of-service violations during 49,454 Level I inspections than they did in 2006. The CVSA reported that U.S. inspectors sidelined 4.9 percent of drivers for HOS violations during the 2007 Roadcheck. That accounted for nearly 66 percent of all driver violations found.

Violations for improper CDLs or credentials in the U.S. made up 11.9 percent of the driver violations found in 2007, up from 7.6 percent in 2006. Disqualified drivers composed 3.9 percent of the drivers placed out of service in 2007.

CVSA reported the number of U.S. trucks placed out of service in 2007 was similar to the 2006 total at 21.5 percent, with brake defects making up 54 percent of the mechanical violations.