International Roadcheck 2019 leaves 18 percent of vehicles out-of-service
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance released the results from its 2019 International Roadcheck inspections, where they announced that about 18 percent of vehicles and 4 percent of drivers were placed out-of-service.
The annual 72-hour inspection and safety enforcement event, which was held between June 4-6, resulted in 67,072 commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) being inspected throughout the United States and Canada.
Of the total inspections, 16,347 vehicles were placed out-of-service, as they failed critical vehicle inspection items such as brake systems and cargo securement, among many others.
With 4,579 total violations throughout the event, brake system failures were found to be the most common violation, making up 28 percent of out-of-service vehicles. That was followed by tire/wheel and brake adjustment failures, which made up 19 and 17 percent of out-of-service vehicles, respectively.
When a vehicle is placed out-of-service, it cannot return to the road without the issue being repaired. In order to get back on the road, the people working on the repairs and the driver are required to sign a “Certification of Repairman,” which proves that the vehicle was fixed.
A vehicle being placed out-of-service is an enormous setback for drivers, who now have to delay load deliveries in order to fix their issues, ultimately resulting in less pay for them.
The same can be said for when drivers themselves are placed out-of-service for certain violations. According to the CVSA’s results, 3,173 drivers were placed out-of-service in 2019 for a myriad of violations.
Hours of service, which the FMCSA has recently proposed changes to, made up a whopping 37 percent of driver violations. With the ELD mandate being cemented in December 2019, it’s likely that hours of service violations will continue to rack up for companies as they prolong switching from AOBRD or paper logs to ELDs.
Electronic logging devices (ELDs), will be required for all CMVs as of December 16, 2019. ELDs track and transmit data, which can be used to facilitate the recording of hours of service and truck diagnostics, among a variety of other data. The information being transmitted is also easily accessible to the FMCSA and DOT inspectors, which can be used to ensure drivers are compliant with regulations.
Other common driver violations included wrong class licenses and false logs, which made up about 23 percent and 15 percent of violations, respectively.
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