WASHINGTON — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual International Roadcheck puts tens of thousands of big rigs and other commercial vehicles under the microscope as inspectors search bumper-to-bumper for violations.
This year, the annual safety blitz will be held from May 16-18.
Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 15 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute across North America during a 72-hour period.
In 2022, CVSA-certified inspectors conducted 59,026 inspections and placed 12,456 commercial motor vehicles and 3,714 commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service, according to a CVSA news release.
A commercial motor vehicle is placed out of service when an inspector finds critical vehicle inspection item out-of-service violations, which are outlined in CVSA’s North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, during a roadside inspection.
Being placed out of service means the driver or vehicle is prohibited from operation for a specified period of time or until the violation is corrected.
On May 17-19, 2022, inspectors conducted a total of 58,287 North American Standard Inspections, which consisted of:
- 36,555 Level I Inspections — This 37-step process checks the driver’s operating credentials and requirements and the vehicle’s mechanical fitness and regulatory compliance.
- 12,411 Level II Inspections — This inspection involves reviewing the driver’s operating credentials and requirements and includes only vehicle inspection items that can be inspected without the inspector physically getting under the vehicle.
- 8,171 Level III Inspections — This is the driver credentials and operating requirements inspection.
- 1,150 Level V Inspections — This inspection involves vehicle inspection items and may be conducted without a driver present, at any location.
Level I Inspections
During International Roadcheck, inspectors in Canada and the U.S. primarily conduct the Level I Inspection, which is a comprehensive 37-step inspection process that involves thorough inspection of the vehicle (including underneath the vehicle) and the driver’s operating credentials.
- Of the 36,555 Level I Inspections conducted in Canada and the U.S., 23.7% of the vehicles inspected (8,672) were placed out of service and 6.1% (2,242) of drivers were placed out of service.
- In the U.S., of the 33,196 Level I Inspections were conducted, 7,912 commercial motor vehicles (23.8%) and 2,051 drivers (6.2%) were placed out of service.
- In Canada, of the 3,359 Level I Inspections were conducted, 760 commercial motor vehicles (22.6%) and 191 (5.7%) drivers were placed out of service.
Level V Inspections
For International Roadcheck, inspectors in Mexico conducted 1,150 Level V Inspections. The Level V Inspection includes each of the vehicle inspection items specified under the North American Standard Level I Inspection and may be conducted without a driver present, at any location. Thirty-six commercial motor vehicles were placed out of service, which is a 3.1% out-of-service rate.
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