Annual Roadcheck finds more HOS violations, fewer defects

| 6/30/2006

Authorities put more truckers out of service this year for hours-of-service violations than last year during the CVSA Roadcheck 2006.

Roadcheck is the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection blitz conducted in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

At this year’s Roadcheck, about 8,500 certified CVSA inspectors in North America conducted 60,357 truck and bus inspections in 72 hours from June 6 to 8.

Inspectors placed 5.6 percent of drivers out of service, up from 4.4 percent in 2005.

More than 57 percent of the cases where truckers were put out of service were because of hours-of-service violations, the CVSA report showed.

The number of trucks, buses and hazmat vehicles put out of service for defects was down from 22.5 percent in 2005 to 21.7 percent this year.

About 2 percent of drivers were not wearing safety belts, CVSA reported.

– By David Tanner