Commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout North America conducted driver and vehicle safety inspections on large trucks and buses during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck, June 7-9, 2016. International Roadcheck is a three-day event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.
International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with around 15 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute across North America during the 72-hour period. A total of 62,796 inspections were conducted during this year’s International Roadcheck of that 21.5% of trucks inspected were placed out-of-service (OOS), along with 3.4% of drivers.
Each year, International Roadcheck places a special emphasis on a category of violations. The focus this year was tire safety. Tire/wheel violations accounted for 18.5% of the total OOS violations. In the U.S., tire violations represented 13.7% of OOS vehicle violations. As part of the inspection process and focus on tires inspectors measures tire tread depth, checked tire pressure, checked to ensure no solid objects were logged between dual tires, and examined the overall condition of the tire to make sure no deep cuts or bulges were found on tire sidewalls.
Of the 62,796 inspection performed across North America during the event, 42,236 were North American Standard Level I Inspections, the most comprehensive inspection level. CVSA says the number of total inspection and Level I were down in 2016, and the vehicle and driver OOS percentages are at a record low for the annul Roadcheck event.
Brake violations led the way in vehicle OOS orders, accounting for 45.7%, approximately 4,111 trucks, of all OOS orders issued during the three day event. Other vehicle-related violations included tires and wheels, 18.5% of OOS orders, lighting devices, 11.8%, and cargo securement, 6.1%. Suspensions, steering mechanisms, frames, driveshaft, coupling devices, fuel systems and exhaust systems each accounted for less 5% of OOS orders.
For drivers, hours-of-service and false logs accounted for 46.8% and 16.4% of OOS orders, respectively, for a total of approximately 908 drivers out of the 1,436 total drivers that were places OOS. Drivers shut down for drugs and alcohol were down from 2015’s Roadcheck numbers from 2.1% to 1% this year. Other driver relates violations included improper endorsement, 7.7% of OOS orders, and disqualifies driver, 6.2%.
“International Roadcheck is an annual reminder of the diligence and dedication of law enforcement officials and commercial motor vehicle safety professionals,” said FMCSA Administrator T.F. Scott Darling, III. “While their tireless efforts every day greatly increase the level of safety on our roadways, it is critically important that everyone do their part to promote a national culture of roadway safety.”
For a complete breakdown of Roadcheck 2016 results, see the handy CVSA breakdown here.
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