Roadcheck 2016 results: Driver, vehicle violations at record-low levels

By Land Line staff | Monday, October 24, 2016

For the second straight year, International Roadcheck resulted in the lowest rates of out-of-service violations since the event started keeping records in 1991 according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

CVSA, which sponsors the three-day commercial vehicle enforcement operation in the U.S. and Canada, announced the results in a news release on Oct. 20.

On June 7-9, commercial motor vehicle inspectors across North America completed 62,796 truck and bus inspections during this year's Roadcheck. Of the total inspections, 42,236 were North American Standard Level I Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. Other inspections conducted included Level II walk-around, Level III driver-only, and Level V vehicle-only inspections. The total number of out-of-service orders issued for vehicles was 11,206, and the total for drivers was 2,507. The numbers reflect inspection and violation data from commercial trucks, motor coaches, and hazmat-endorsed CMVs.

Of Level I Inspections, inspectors found 1,431 (or 3.4 percent of drivers) and 9,078 (or 21.5 percent of vehicles) with out-of-service violations, historically the lowest rates for which CVSA has data, back to 1991, according to the release.

Brake violations, including adjustment and systems, combined to be the single largest category for vehicle out-of-service orders, composing 45.7 percent of all violations. The top OOS violation for drivers was hours of service (46.8 percent) followed by false logbooks (16.4 percent). The most common hazmat violation was placard/marking violations (33.8 percent) which were combined by CVSA in 2016.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The special emphasis for 2016 was tires. During the enforcement campaign, tire and wheel violations accounted for 18.5 percent of all out-of-service violations, and 13.7 percent of out-of-service violations issued in the U.S.

As part of the inspection process, inspectors measured tread depth, tire pressure, and checked to ensure no solid objects were lodged between dual tires. Inspectors also checked the overall condition of tires, looking for deep cuts or bulges on sidewalls.

“CVSA’s annual 72-hour International Roadcheck initiative highlights the commitment of our inspectors who work hard every day to ensure unsafe vehicles and drivers are removed from our roadways,” said CVSA Executive Director Collin Mooney. “It’s also an opportunity for our inspectors to inspect, acknowledge and document the safe, fit and compliant commercial motor vehicles traveling our roadways by placing a CVSA decal on the vehicle; indicating that a particular vehicle has passed CVSA’s rigorous inspection standards.”

Since its inception in 1988, International Roadcheck inspections have numbered more than 1.5 million. International Roadcheck is sponsored by CVSA, North America’s leading commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement organization, with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.

Facts at a glance

2016 driver inspection results (per CVSA)

  • Level I inspections: 96.6 percent of drivers had no OOS violations, and 3.4 percent were placed out of service (3.6 percent were placed out of service in 2015).
  • Hazmat: 98.3 percent of drivers carrying HM had no OOS violations, and 1.7 percent were placed out of service (1.5 percent were placed out of service in 2015).
  • Passenger carrying vehicles: 97.1 percent of drivers had no OOS violations, and 2.9 percent were placed out of service (1.9 percent were placed out of service in 2015).

Vehicle results for 2015 were as follows: 

  • All inspections: 82.2 percent of vehicles had no OOS violations, and 17.8 percent were placed out of service. 
  • Level I inspections: 78.5 percent of vehicles had no OOS violations, and 21.5 percent were placed out of service. 
  • Inspections with hazardous materials: 87 percent of vehicles carrying HM had no OOS violations, and 13 percent were placed out of service. 
  • Passenger-carrying vehicles: 93.9 percent of vehicles had no OOS violations, and 6.1 percent were placed out of service.

Click here for more driver and vehicle inspection statistics and a data chart of out-of-service (OOS) violations from CVSA's 2016 International Roadcheck. Click here to learn more about International Roadcheck.

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