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Roadcheck 2014 safety blitz scheduled for June 3-5

The CVSA does not announce sites for the blitz, but they usually occur in the same locations year after year, such as this one held on eastbound Interstate 30 just south of Benton, Arkansas. (The Trucker: APRILLE HANSON)

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GREENBELT, Md. — Roadcheck 2014, the annual national safety blitz that checks tractor-trailer equipment, driver logs and other safety aspects of truck drivers’ operations, will be held June 3-5, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) calendar.

The CVSA does not announce sites for the blitz, but they usually occur in the same locations year after year.

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprising local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Its mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers.

CVSA member jurisdictions are represented by various Departments of Transportation, Public Utility and Service Commissions, State Police, Highway Patrols and Ministries of Transport. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals, uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security.

During Roadcheck 2013, the CVSA said one in five vehicles inspected were placed out-of-service.

Commercial vehicle inspectors across North America completed 73,023 truck and bus inspections during the 72-hour safety event.

Of the inspections, a total of 47,771 were North American Standard Level I inspections — the most comprehensive roadside inspection — in which vehicles and drivers are assessed for violations of federal, state or Canadian provincial safety regulations.

Other inspections conducted were vehicle-only or driver-only inspections. Of Level I inspections conducted in Canada and the U.S., 24.1 percent had OOS violations.

There were a total of 71,630 driver inspections, including those conducted during Level I inspections, from which 4.3 percent were found with OOS violations, an increase of 22.4 percent of vehicles and 3.9 percent of drivers placed OOS in 2012. 

Brakes routinely stand out in the mix of OOS violations issued during Roadcheck. This year, 49.6 percent of vehicle OOS violations were related to brake adjustment and other brake system violations.

Additionally, performance based brake testers or PBBTs were used during Roadcheck 2013. Nine U.S. states and one Canadian province are equipped with PBBT systems for enforcement use. Of the 287 enforcement inspections conducted with a PBBT, 36 vehicles or 12.5 percent were found with overall braking efficiency below the minimum required by U.S. regulation and the North American Standard OOS Criteria.

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