Roadcheck: 12,000 trucks & 2,700 drivers out of service

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The numbers are in for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual International Roadcheck enforcement blitz, which was held June 4-6.

During those three days, 12,019 vehicles (17.9% of those inspected) were placed out of service due to critical vehicle inspection violations and 2,784 drivers (4.2% of all drivers inspected) were placed out of service for driver-related issues. A total of 67,072 commercial vehicles were inspected in the U.S. and Canada.

The top violation for vehicles were brake issues. For drivers, the leading violation was hours of service.

Out-of-service vehicle conditions were:

Vehicle Violation Category # of Violations Vehicle OOS %
1 Braking Systems 4,578 28%
2 Tires and Wheels 3,156 19.3%
3 Brake Adjustment 2,801 17.1%
4 Cargo Securement 1,991 12.2%
5 Lighting Devices 1,875 11.5%
6 Suspensions 703 4.3%
7 Steering Mechanisms 408 2.5%
8 Other 401 2.5%
9 Frames 170 1%
10 Coupling Devices 124 0.8%
11 Driveline/Driveshaft 61 0.4%
12 Fuel Systems 44 0.3%
13 Exhaust Systems 35 0.2%

 

Driver out-of-service violations included:

Driver Violation Category # of Violations Driver OOS %
1 Hours of Service 1,179 37.2%
2 Wrong Class License 714 22.5%
3 False Logs 467 14.7%
4 Other 351 11.1%
5 Suspended License 232 7.3%
6 Drugs/Alcohol 99 3.1%
7 Expired License 94 3%
8 Violating License Restriction 37 1.2%

 

The CVSA said 3,851 commercial motor vehicles transporting hazardous materials/dangerous goods were inspected and 527 vehicles were found to have out-of-service conditions, which is a 13.7% out-of-service rate for HM/DG vehicles. There also were 52 HM/DG drivers placed out-of-service; that’s a 1.4% out-of-service rate for HM/DG drivers.

Each year, special emphasis is placed on a certain category of violations. This year’s focus was on steering and suspension systems. Inspectors identified 408 steering (2.5% of all out-of-service vehicle violations) and 703 suspension (4.3% of all out-of-service vehicle violations) out-of-service vehicle conditions during International Roadcheck.

During International Roadcheck, inspectors primarily conducted one of three inspection levels:

  • The North American Standard (NAS) Level I Inspection is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.
  • The NAS Level II Inspection typically includes everything that can be inspected without physically getting under the vehicle.
  • The NAS Level III Inspection is a review of driver requirements, such as the license, additional operating credentials, applicable cargo and vehicle documentation, record of duty status, seat belt usage, etc.