A First Look at International Roadcheck Results

The 30th annual International Roadcheck is a wrap!

For three days earlier this month, certified officials in jurisdictions throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada conducted inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers, placing a special emphasis on cargo securement.

The initiative, created by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute during the 72-hour period.

While CVSA is still compiling statistics for North America, the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Enforcement reported the following:

  • Commercial Vehicles Inspected                                                    1,085
  • Violations Found                                                                              3,769
  • Vehicles Out of Service                                                                   350
  • Drivers Out of Service                                                                     107
  • CVSA Decals Issued to Vehicles that Passed Inspection            580

Ryan Glade, a Motor Vehicle Enforcement officer with the Iowa Department of Transportation, performs an inspection during the International Roadcheck event at a state-run weigh station near Brandon, Iowa, on June 7, 2017.

In 2016, CVSA’s roadside campaign totaled 62,796 inspections. Of those, 42,236 were a North American Standard Level 1 Inspection, a 37-step procedure that examines both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Level 1 inspections resulted in 21.5 percent of vehicles and 3.4 percent of drivers being placed out of service because of critical item violations. Of vehicles placed out of service, brake adjustment and brake system violations combined to represent 45.7 percent of out-of-service vehicle violations. Top driver out-of-service violations were for hours of service and false logs representing 46.8 percent and 16.4 percent, respectively, of all out-of-service driver violations found.

Other inspections conducted are Level II walk-around driver/vehicle, Level III driver/credential, and Level V vehicle-only.

According to CVSA, top load securement violations — a particular focus this year — typically include:

  1. Failure to prevent shifting/loss of load.
  2. Failure to secure truck equipment (tarps, dunnage, doors, tailgates, spare tires, etc.).
  3. Damaged tie-downs (unacceptable wear on chain or cuts and tears on web straps).

    Ryan Glade performs an inspection during International Roadcheck near Brandon, Iowa, on June 7, 2017.

  4. Insufficient tie-downs.
  5. Loose tie-downs.

International Roadcheck is sponsored by CVSA, North America’s leading commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement organization, with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

Other CVSA events include Brake Safety Day on Sept. 7 and Operation Safe Driver Week in October.

 

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