Roadcheck 2014: Total inspections increase, number of violations decrease

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, August 14, 2014

The total number of commercial vehicles inspected in Roadcheck 2014 surged to near-record levels, while the number of vehicles ordered out of service for major safety violations dipped for the third consecutive year, according to the latest figures from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

CVSA’s annual Roadcheck campaign occurred June 3-5 this year, as certified inspectors across North America completed 73,475 truck and bus inspections during the 72-hour enforcement campaign, the organization stated in a press release issued Wednesday afternoon.

The campaign saw a total of 49,656 North American Standard Level I inspections, in which vehicles and drivers are assessed for violations of federal, state or Canadian provincial safety regulations.

Of the Level I inspections conducted in Canada and the U.S., 23 percent were found with out-of-service violations, compared with 24.1 percent of the 47,771 vehicles given Level I inspections in 2013.

The overall percentage of drivers who were ordered out of service rose roughly half a percent to 4.8 percent, up from 4.3 percent in 2013. There were a total of 72,415 driver inspections. In addition to those violations, CVSA inspectors issued 825 seatbelt violations.

An added area of emphasis in this year’s campaign was hazardous materials/dangerous goods regulatory compliance. A total of 5,738 inspections included HM/TDG during this year’s event, with 919 (16.0 percent) found with vehicle OOS violations and 172 (3.0 percent) with driver OOS violations.

Brake adjustments and brake systems once again were the most common violation resulting in a vehicle being placed out of service, and account for 46.2 percent of all OOS violations issued. Hours-of-service violations were the most common violation resulting in a driver being placed out of service, accounting for 46.5 percent of all driver violations.

CVSA estimates that for this year’s International Roadcheck, more than 10,000 CVSA and FMCSA inspectors participated at approximately 2,500 locations across Canada and the United States. A CVSA spokesman confirmed for Land Line that no Mexican authorities participated in this year’s enforcement campaign. 

Facts at a glance:
2014 driver inspection results (per CVSA):

  • All inspections that included drivers: 95.2 percent of drivers had no OOS violations, and 4.8 percent were placed out of service (4.3 percent were out of service in 2013).
  • Level I inspections: 96.0 percent of drivers had no OOS violations, and 4.0 percent were placed out of service (4.3 percent were out of service in 2013).
  • Hazmat: 97.0 percent of drivers carrying hazmat had no OOS violations, and 3.0 percent were placed out of service (2.4 percent were out of service in 2013).
  • Passenger-carrying vehicles: 96.1 percent of drivers had no OOS violations, and 3.9 percent were placed out of service (3.1 percent were placed out of service in 2013).


Vehicle results for 2014 were as follows:

  • All inspections that included vehicles: 81.3 percent of vehicles had no OOS violations, and 18.7 percent were placed out of service (20.6 percent were out of service in 2013).
  • Level I inspections: 77.0 percent of vehicles had no OOS violations, and 23.0 percent were placed out of service (24.1 percent were out of service in 2013).
  • Hazmat inspections: 84.0 percent of vehicles carrying hazmat had no OOS violations, and 16.0 percent were placed out of service (16.5 percent were out of service in 2013).
  • Passenger-carrying vehicles: 90.7 percent of vehicles had no OOS violations, and 9.3 percent were placed out of service (7.1 percent were out of service in 2013).
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