The majority of drivers put out-of-service (OOS) during this summer’s Roadcheck had Hours of Service violations, while most vehicles put OOS by inspectors were sidelined for brake system violations.
This past June 6-8 marked the 30th anniversary of the International Roadcheck, which is conducted annually in North America by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in cooperation with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.
There’s a special emphasis each year: Last year it was brakes and this year it was cargo securement.
A total of 62,013 Level 1, 2 and 3 inspections were conducted during the three-day period, and 19.4 percent of all CMVs inspected were placed OOS and 4.7 percent of all drivers inspected were put OOS.
Of the 40,944 Level 1 inspections done, 23 percent of vehicles were placed OOS for vehicle-related violations.
Of the drivers put OOS, 32.3 percent had HOS violations; 14.9 percent had the wrong class license; 11.3 percent had falsified logbooks; 3.4 percent were driving with a suspended license; 1.6 percent had drug and/or alcohol violations, and 0.4 percent were put OOS because of their age.
As to vehicles, 26.9 percent were placed OOS for brake system violations; 15.7 percent were shut down for cargo securement issues; 15.1 percent had wheel and tire problems, and 14.5 percent had brakes that were out of adjustment.
Other reasons for vehicles being put OOS were: lighting devices, 11.6 percent; suspensions, 4.7 percent; steering mechanisms, 2.3 percent; frames, 1.0 percent; coupling devices, 0.8 percent; fuel systems, 0.6 percent; drivelines/driveshafts, 0.2 percent, and exhaust systems, 0.2 percent.