WASHINGTON — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has released results from this year’s International Roadcheck event, held May 16-18 across North America.
According to a news release, 59,429 commercial motor vehicles were inspected. A total of 81% of vehicles and 94.5% of drivers inspected did not have any out-of-service violations.
Commercial motor vehicles without any critical vehicle inspection violations are eligible to receive a CVSA decal. During this year’s International Roadcheck, decals were applied to 14,032 power units, 5,814 trailers and 305 motorcoaches/buses, for a total of 20,151 decals throughout North America.
Conversely, CVSA-certified inspectors discovered at least one out-of-service violation on 19% of the vehicles inspected and, in turn, removed those 11,270 commercial motor vehicles from roadways until the out-of-service (OOS) violations were corrected. There were 17,479 vehicle out-of-service violations in total.
Inspectors also restricted 5.5% (3,256) of the commercial motor vehicle drivers inspected who were found to have at least one out-of-service driver violation, as identified in the CVSA North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, from operating their vehicle. Those drivers were restricted from commercial travel until their out-of-service violations were addressed. There were 5,280 driver out-of-service violations in total.
A total of 116,669 violations were identified throughout the effort, which included all driver and vehicle out-of-service violations and violations that were not out of service, combined.
Each year, CVSA highlights certain aspects of the roadside inspection. This year, inspectors focused on anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and cargo securement. There were 2,975 cargo securement violations and 4,127 ABS violations – four were discovered on motorcoaches, 1,426 on power units and 2,697 on trailers.
Note: Not all cargo securement violations are out-of-service violations. The cargo securement total noted above is for all cargo securement violations – out-of-service and non-out-of-service violations combined. The cargo securement violations in table 1 are out-of-service cargo securement violations only. In addition, ABS violations are not out-of-service violations, which is why those violations are not included in table 1.
A total of 949 safety belt violations were issued during this year’s International Roadcheck. Meaning, 1.6% of commercial motor vehicle drivers inspected were not wearing their safety belt.
Inspectors also checked commercial motor vehicles carrying hazardous materials/dangerous goods (HM/DG) to ensure they were being transported safely and compliant with federal regulations.
During International Roadcheck, 2,853 HM/DG inspections were performed, and inspectors discovered 236 HM/DG-related out-of-service violations.
Inspectors performed a total of 59,429 inspections during the 72 hours of International Roadcheck.
Following is a breakdown of the inspection levels:
- 36,021 Level I Inspections — A Level I Inspection is the most commonly conducted inspection level. It’s a 37-step process that checks the driver’s operating credentials and the vehicle’s components.
- 12,741 Level II Inspections — A Level II Inspection is a walk-around driver/vehicle inspection that includes items that can be inspected without physically getting under the vehicle.
- 9,332 Level III Inspections — The Level III Inspection is an administrative inspection of the driver’s credentials, status in the drug and alcohol clearinghouse, and hours-of-service records.
- 1,335 Level V Inspections — The Level V Inspection is the vehicle-only inspection that includes each of the vehicle inspection items.
- Inspectors conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers following the CVSA North American Standard Inspection Procedures, along with the CVSA North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations in the U.S., the National Safety Code in Canada, and the Official Mexican Standards in Mexico.
- Inspectors conducted 53,847 Level I, II and III Inspections.
- The vehicle out-of-service rate was 19.3%, and the driver out-of-service rate was 5.8%.
- There were 15,932 vehicle, 5,020 driver and 205 HM out-of-service violations.
- The top vehicle out-of-service violation was for brake systems, the top driver out-of-service violation was hours of service, and the top HM out-of-service violation was for loading.
- There were 2,798 cargo securement violations.
- ABS violations were discovered on 1,264 power units, 2,428 trailers and four buses.
- Inspectors issued 931 safety belt violations.
- Inspectors placed CVSA decals on 12,284 power units, 4,681 trailers and 305 motorcoaches/buses, for a total of 17,270 decals.
- Inspectors conducted 4,247 Level I, II and III Inspections.
- The vehicle out-of-service rate was 20.5%, and the driver out-of-service rate was 3.2%.
- There were 1,453 vehicle, 260 driver and 30 DG out-of-service violations.
- The top vehicle out-of-service violation was brake systems, the top driver out-of-service violation was for hours of service, and the top DG out-of-service violation was for training certification.
- There were 177 cargo securement violations.
- ABS violations were discovered on 162 power units and 269 trailers.
- Eighteen safety belt violations were issued.
- Inspectors placed CVSA decals on 1,748 power units and 1,133 trailers, for a total of 2,881 CVSA decals.
- Inspectors conducted 1,335 Level V Inspections.
- Ninety-four vehicle out-of-service violations were identified.
- Thirty-six commercial motor vehicles were placed out of service, which is a 2.7% vehicle out-of-service rate.
- The top vehicle out-of-service violation was tires, which accounted for 34% of the total number of vehicle out-of-service violations.
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