The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has released the results of its annual safety and enforcement outreach event, International Roadcheck.
CVSA inspectors carried out 69,472 inspections across North America, 44989 of which were North American Standard Level I Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. These inspections found 1,623 or 3.6 percent of drivers and 9,732 or 21.6 percent of vehicles with out-of-service (OOS) violations, which are the lowest OOS levels for which CVSA has data, back to 1991.
A Level 1 Inspection consists of 37 items that examine the driver’s record of duty status and the safety of the vehicle. Items checked include driver’s license, endorsements, seat belt usage, alcohol and/or drug use, brakes, cargo securement, coupling devices, lights, tires, steering, emergency exists, and electric systems.
Other inspections conducted during this year’s event included Level II walk-around, Level III driver-only, and Level V vehicle-only inspections.
During each year’s event, there is a special emphasis on a category of violations. Cargo securement was this year’s emphasis. Inspectors issued 2,439 violations for this category. The leading violations, by number of violations issued, were: (1) failure to prevent shifting/loss of load; (2) failure to secure truck equipment; (3) damaged tie downs; (4) insufficient tie downs; and (5) loose tie downs.
Since 1988, when the CVSA began International Roadcheck, more than 1.4 million inspections have been performed across North America.