Roadcheck inspectors put fewer trucks, drivers out of service

| 6/27/2008

CVSA officials say this year’s Roadcheck inspection blitz is proof that drivers of commercial vehicles are getting the message about safety and that year-round enforcement efforts are working.

CVSA officials reported a 23.9-percent out-of-service rate for commercial vehicles inspected during the annual safety blitz from June 3-5 across the U.S. and Canada. Mexican inspectors also participated in the event, but their numbers have not been released.

Local, state, provincial and federal enforcement officers conducted 67,931 inspections during the event including 52,345 Level I inspections at nearly 1,700 locations.

CVSA Executive Director Stephen Campbell said Friday, June 27, that the rate of vehicles placed OOS is the lowest in 21 years.

“It is clear the safety message is being heard and that the increased enforcement presence is making a difference,” Campbell stated in a press release. “We appreciate the industry’s continued commitment to make safety its top priority not just during Roadcheck, but throughout the entire year.”

The most common equipment violation continues to be brakes which composed 52.6 percent of the total violations found in the 2008 event. Officials said brake violations continue to decline from the 2004 rate of 56.6 percent.

Inspectors placed 5.3 percent of drivers out of service during this year’s event, an improvement over the 2007 rate of 6.2 percent.

Of the drivers placed OOS this year, 55.6 percent had hours-of-service violations, significantly lower than the rate of 66.3 percent in 2007.

This year, CVSA officials used Roadcheck as a gauge for the use of safety belts among commercial drivers. Inspectors noted 1,226 safety belt violations during Roadcheck 2008, up from 829 violations in 2007.

Roadcheck is sponsored by CVSA, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.