Brakes, hours and logs lead Roadcheck 2016 violations

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Inspectors during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual 72-hour International Roadcheck campaign placed 21.5 percent of trucks inspected out of service, along with 3.4 percent of drivers, according to numbers released Oct. 20 by CVSA.

CVSA reported 9,080 trucks were placed out of service during the inspection blitz, while 1,436 drivers were placed out of service.

Hours of service violations and logbook violations led the driver-related out-of-service violations, while brake violations accounted for nearly half of the vehicle out-of-service orders issued during the week.

Of the 62,796 inspections performed across North America during the event, 42,236 were North American Standard Level I inspections, the most comprehensive inspection level. CVSA says the number of total inspections and Level I inspections were down in 2016, and the vehicle and driver out-of-service percentages are at record lows for the annual Roadcheck event.

Brake violations led the way in vehicle out-of-service orders, accounting for 45.7 percent (or approximately 4,111 trucks) of all out-of-service orders issued during the three-day event held June 7-9. Other vehicle-related violations included tires and wheels (18.5 percent of OOS orders), lighting devices (11.8 percent) and cargo securement (6.1 percent). Suspensions, steering mechanisms, frames, driveshaft, coupling devices, fuel systems and exhaust systems each accounted for less 5 percent of OOS orders.

For drivers, hours-of-service and false logs accounted for 46.8 percent and 16.4 percent of out-of-service orders, respectively, for a total of approximately 908 drivers out of the 1,436 total drivers that were placed out-of-service. Drivers shut down for drugs and alcohol were down from 2015’s Roadcheck numbers from 2.1 percent to 1 percent this year.

Other driver-related violations included improper endorsement (7.7 percent of OOS orders) and disqualified driver (6.2 percent).

Additionally, 13 percent of trucks hauling hazardous materials were placed out-of-service. The top hazmat violations were placarding (33.8 percent), shipping papers (27.6 percent) and loading and securement (26.2 percent).

In 2015, 3.6 percent of drivers and 21.6 percent of vehicles that received Level I inspections were placed out-of-service.