Roadcheck results: Hours of service, brake problems top violations

Updated Oct 22, 2016

Results from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s three-day International Roadcheck from June are in, and they show:

  • 42,236 Level I (the most stringent) inspections were performed
  • 9,080 — 21.5 percent –of the trucks inspected were placed out of service
  • 1,436 — 3.4 percent — drivers were placed out of service

Almost half — 4,111 — of the trucks placed out of service during the inspection blitz had brake problems. According to the CVSA:

  • 27.4 percent had brake systems problems
  • 18.5 percent were placed out of service for tires/wheels violations
  • 18.3 percent had brake adjustment issues
  • 11.7 percent had problems with their lights
  • 6.1 percent were cited for cargo securement issues

The CVSA says that almost half of the 1,436 drivers placed out of service had hours of service violations. CVSA statistics show:

  • 46.8 percent violated HOS regulations
  • 16.4 percent had false logbook entries
  • 7.7 percent had improper endorsements
  • 6.2 percent were disqualified drivers
  • 1 percent had drug or alcohol violations

The 29th annual inspection blitz was conducted throughout North America June 7-9.

The focus for this year’s Roadcheck was tire safety. According to the CVSA, inspectors measured tire tread depth, checked tire pressures, checked to ensure no solid objects were lodged between dual tires and examined the overall condition of the tire to make sure no deep cuts or bulges were found on tire sidewalls.

A total of 62,796 inspections were conducted; most were Level I inspections, a 37-step examination of both the driver’s record of duty status and the safety of the vehicle.

The CVSA says that during the inspection, drivers are required to provide their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation, and are checked for seat belt usage and the possible use of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheel assemblies, windshield wipers, and emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in engine and battery compartments, and loose or temporary seating on buses.