Inspectors removed 6,710 commercial motor vehicles and 2,080 drivers from roadways — a 16.5% vehicle and 5.3% driver out-of-service rate — over the May 4-6 International Roadcheck, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced.
CVSA said that approximately 83.5% of the commercial motor vehicles examined had no out-of-service violations during the annual high-volume, high-visibility inspection and enforcement initiative.
More than 40,000 commercial motor vehicle inspections were conducted during the three-day event.
Inspectors also captured data on two categories: hours of service and lighting. There were 1,367 out-of-service lighting violations, accounting for 14.1% of total violations. It also marked the third-most-cited vehicle out-of-service violation.
Hours of service was the most cited driver out-of-service violation, accounting for 1,203 or 41.5% of the total.
Top Five Violations
• Brake systems
• Brake adjustment
• Cargo securement
• Hours of service
• Wrong class license,
• “Other” various violations
• False logs
• Suspended license
CVSA-certified inspectors at weigh stations, inspection stations, roadside and designated sites in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. checked commercial trucks and combinations, cargo tank hazardous materials/dangerous goods trucks and combinations, noncargo tank HM/DG trucks and combinations, and motor coaches/buses during International Roadcheck.
CVSA said its inspectors primarily conducted the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step process.
“Inspectors performed 23,135 Level I Inspections and removed 5,048 vehicles (21.8%) and 1,200 (5.2%) drivers from roadways due to the discovery of critical vehicle or driver inspection item violations as identified in the CVSA North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria,” CVSA said.
Last year’s Roadcheck event, which took place Sept. 9-11 after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, resulted in an overall vehicle out-of-service rate of 20.9% in North America, an increase from the 17.9% rate the prior year.
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Last year, in the U.S. alone, there were more than 32,000 “failure to use a seat belt while operating a commercial motor vehicle” violations, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Motor Carrier Management Information System. It was the fourth-most-cited driver violation in 2020. During this year’s Roadcheck, inspectors checked safety belt usage during inspections and issued only 773 seat belt violations. Four were issued in Mexico, 305 in Canada and 464 in the U.S.
In its Aug. 3 news release, CVSA noted that the National Safety Council said roadway fatalities increased 24% in 2020 compared with the previous 12-month period, even though miles driven decreased 13% due to the pandemic.
International Roadcheck is a CVSA program with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation and the National Guard.