Texas sidelines almost 2,000 trucks during inspection blitz


The Texas Department of Public Safety inspected 8,182 commercial motor vehicles as part of Roadcheck 2017, the national inspection initiative held June 6 to June 8.

The department reports that about 23.6 percent (1,938) of the 18-wheelers, buses and other commercial vehicles inspected were placed out of service for a variety of safety violations until appropriate repairs could be made. Issues with brakes and defective vehicle lighting were among the most common infractions that led to out-of-service violations, according a statement from the department.

A total of 225 drivers were placed out of service for non-compliance with state and federal laws. Among the violations were failing to have the proper type of driver license for the vehicle being driven, improper logging of duty time, and driving over the maximum number of hours, according to the department.

The DPS said it issued 1,994 citations and 22,346 warnings.