More Than 2,000 Drivers and 6,700 Vehicles Sidelined During CVSA’s 3-Day Blitz
Greenbelt, MD – The results from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 72-hour North American inspection blitz known as International Roadcheck are in.
CVSA reported inspectors conducted more than 40,000 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) inspections from May 4-6, 2021.
Approximately 83.5% of the CMVs examined had no out-of-service (OOS) violations.
However, CVSA reported inspectors removed 6,710 CMVs and 2,080 drivers from roadways – a 16.5% vehicle and 5.3% driver OOS rate.
Inspectors performed 23,135 Level I Inspections and removed 5,048 vehicles and 1,200 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.
In addition to Level I Inspections, inspectors also conducted Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspections, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspections and Level V Vehicle-Only Inspections.
In Canada and the U.S., inspectors conducted 9,410 Level II Inspections and placed 1,593 vehicles and 549 drivers OOS.
They also conducted 6,836 Level III Inspections and placed 331 drivers OOS.
In Mexico, inspectors with the Ministry of Communications and Transportation and the National Guard conducted 1,288 Level V Inspections resulting in 36 vehicles being placed OOS.
Of the 24,423 Level I and V Inspections conducted throughout North America, CVSA said 5,084 vehicles and 1,200 drivers were placed OOS, which is a 20.8% vehicle OOS rate and a 4.9% driver OOS rate.
Areas of Focus: Lighting & Hours of Service
This year, inspectors focused their efforts on capturing data on two categories – lighting and hours of service (HOS).
There were 1,367 OOS lighting violations, accounting for 14.1% of all vehicle OOS violations.
It was the third most-cited violation, after brake systems and tires.
OOS lighting device violations included: headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, turn signals and lamps on projecting loads.
Of the 9,691 OOS vehicle violations issued, the top five violations were for: brake systems (26.5%), tires (18.6%), lights (14.1%), brake adjustment (12.4%), and cargo securement (12.3%).
The second focus area, HOS, was the most cited driver OOS violation, accounting for 41.5% of all driver OOS violations.
Of the 2,898 OOS driver violations issued, the top violations were for: HOS (41.5%), wrong class license (19.5%), false logs (14.7%), and suspended license (4.6%).
Additionally, 16.6% of OOS driver violations fell into one of the following categories: operating without the required operating authority, expired or no medical certificate, operating a commercial motor vehicle while ill or fatigued, and driving while prohibited in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.