Federal regulators recently released the results of a commercial trucking
enforcement blitz conducted earlier this summer on roadways across the
country. The findings highlight several alarming trends with regard to
the safety of both vehicles and their drivers.
International Roadcheck 2014 took place on June 3-5, 2014; commercial motor
vehicle inspectors across North America completed 73,475 truck and bus
inspections. Nearly 70 percent of the inspections were North American
Standard Level I Inspections, which include a 37-step procedure that involves
an examination of both the driver’s record of duty status and the
safety of the vehicle.
As detailed by the
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, commercial drivers must provide items such as their license, endorsements,
medical card and hours-of-service documentation, and are checked for seat
belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection
includes checking items such as the braking system, steering mechanism,
tires, and emergency exits on buses.
Vehicle inspections resulted in 18.7 percent being placed out-of-service
(OOS). The most common violations involved brake adjustment, brake systems,
and tire/wheel issues. The three categories comprised more than 60 percent
of all OOS designations, with tire/wheel problems spiking nearly three
percent from last year’s event.
Out of the 72,415 drivers who were inspected, 4.8 percent had out-of-service
violations. While hours-of-service violations declined, the number of
disqualified drivers on the road increased dramatically. According to
the CVSA, this year’s enforcement event resulted in 12.7 percent
of drivers being placed OOS for disqualification, up from 10.2 percent
in 2013 and only 4.7 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, commercial drivers placed
OOS for driving with suspended licenses reached 7.8 percent in 2014, compared
to 5.2 percent in 2013 and 4.7 percent in 2012.