Every year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance organizes the Roadcheck inspection blitz, one of the largest safety initiatives focused on truckers in the country. This year’s was from June 3rd through June 5th. By the end of the 72 hour event, 72,415 inspections had taken place.
The CVSA released the results of the 2014 Roadcheck blitz and they’re a mixed bag. Though the rate of vehicle out-of-service orders dropped from last year almost 2% to 18.7%, driver out-of-service rates increased slightly to 4.3%.
Mechanical issues with brakes made up 46.2% of all OOS orders on vehicles, by far the most common issue. For drivers place out of service, the most common cause was Hours of Service violations, amounting to 46.5% of driver OOS orders. Additionally, 13.7% of OOS orders came as a result of falsified logbooks.
Drug/alcohol use accounted for only 1.1% of all driver OOS orders, but that still comes out to almost 800 drivers who had to be taken off the road due to drug or alcohol impairment. This is an improvement from previous years, but is still shockingly high.
To see a summary of the Roadcheck findings from the CVSA click here.
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