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
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
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
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.