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More drivers put OOS, less vehicles taken off road in 2014 Roadcheck

An Arkansas Highway Police officer checks the engine of a tractor at an International Roadcheck site on Interstate 30 near Benton, Arkansas. Of all trucks inspected during the three-day event, 18.7 percent were put out-of-service, down from 20.6 percent in 2013. (The Trucker: APRILLE HANSON)

The Trucker News Services

8/14/2014

GREENBELT, Md. — More drivers were put out-of-service but fewer vehicles taken off the road during International Roadcheck 2014, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said Thursday.

Formerly called Roadcheck, the newly-minted International Roadcheck was conducted June 3-5 all across North America with a total of 73,475 truck and bus inspections, almost identical to the 2013 total of 73,023.

In 2014, 49,656 were North American Standard Level I inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection that includes a 37-step examination of both the driver’s record-of-duty status and the safety of the vehicle. That figure compares with 47,771 in 2013. Other inspections conducted included Level II walk-around, Level III driver-only, and Level V vehicle-only inspections.

Of all inspections that included drivers, 95.2 percent had no OOS violations, but the 4.8 percent who did were up from 4.3 percent in 2013. Both figures are higher than the 3.9 percent put OOS in 2012.

The CVSA said all inspections involving vehicles yielded an 18.7 percent OOS rate, down from 20.6 percent in 2013.

Of the 49,656 Level I Inspections conducted this year, 23.0 percent included OOS vehicle violations.

In Level I inspections, 4 percent of drivers were put OOO in 2014 compared with 4.3 percent in 2013.

By far the most common OOS violation among drivers in all inspections was Hours of Service at 46.5 percent. But that’s down from 50.3 percent in 2013 and 50.2 percent in 2012.

This year’s International Roadcheck was the first conducted since the implementation of the new Hours of Service rule on July 1, 2013.

Among vehicles, brake system OOS violations were most common at 29.5 percent (down from 30.1 percent in 2013, but up from 27.8 percent in 2012). Brake adjustment was second at 16.7 percent, meaning that almost half the vehicle OOS violations involved brakes.

“The inspections conducted during the three-day International Roadcheck event are the same types of inspections conducted every day by hard-working CVSA-certified inspectors,” said CVSA President Sgt. Thomas Fuller with the New York State Police. “International Roadcheck provides the opportunity to promote the safety improvement efforts and accomplishments that enforcement and industry achieve every day.”

In addition to the Level I Inspections, International Roadcheck 2014 also placed special emphasis on hazardous materials/dangerous goods (HM/TDG) regulatory compliance. Although they represent a smaller segment of truck transportation, such shipments require special paperwork, driver credentials, vehicle safety, load securement, and hazard identification and communication, including placarding, to signify the added risks of exposure in the event of a crash, leak or fire. A total of 5,738 inspections included HM/TDG during this year’s event, with 919 (16.0 percent) found with vehicle OOS violations and 172 (3.0 percent) with driver OOS violations.

CVSA estimates that for this year’s International Roadcheck, over 10,000 CVSA and FMCSA inspectors participated at approximately 2,500 locations across North America. On an annual basis, nearly 4 million inspections are conducted across the continent.

“International Roadcheck is a very important three-day event that takes place once per year,” said Stephen Keppler, executive director, CVSA. But let’s not forget that every day, approximately 13,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors at thousands of locations across North America help keep our roads safe by performing truck and bus inspections.”

Since its inception in 1988, Roadcheck inspections have numbered more than 1.4 million, resulting in an estimated 318 lives saved and 5,840 injuries avoided. International Roadcheck is sponsored by CVSA, North America’s leading commercial vehicle safety-enforcement organization, with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.      

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