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 %|
|2||Tires and Wheels||3,156||19.3%|
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%|
|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.