International Roadcheck 2017: More vehicles, drivers placed out of service over last year

International Roadcheck in Brandon, Iowa
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.

International Roadcheck 2017 saw more vehicles and drivers placed out of service than last year.

The 30th annual event, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), took place June 6-8.

Enforcement personnel conducted a total of 62,013 Level I, II and III inspections, including 54,300 in the United States and 7,713 in Canada. According to the CVSA, 19.4 percent of all commercial motor vehicles and 4.7 percent of all drivers inspected were placed out of service.

Of the 40,944 North American Standard (NAS) Level I Inspections, 23 percent of vehicles and 4.2 percent of drivers were placed out of service. The 37-step procedure examines both the driver and vehicle.

Other inspections involved the Level II walk-around (12,787) and Level III driver-only (8,282).

Being rendered out of service means officials identified critical violations, and the driver cannot operate the vehicle until mechanical conditions or defects and/or driver qualifications are corrected.

In 2016, CVSA reported a total of 62,796 inspections, with 17.8 percent of vehicles and 4 percent of drivers placed out of service. Of the 42,236 Level I inspections last year, 21.5 percent of vehicles and 3.4 percent of drivers didn’t meet the pass criteria.

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted commercial motor vehicle inspection effort in North America. More than 13 trucks or buses are inspected, on average, every minute during a 72-hour period.

More breakdowns from the CVSA’s full report:

Vehicle violations

• The top three out-of-service violations were for brake systems (26.9 percent of vehicle out-of-service violations), cargo securement (15.7 percent) and tires/wheels (15.1 percent).

• 2,267 vehicles carrying hazardous materials or dangerous goods received a Level I Inspection; 12.8 percent were placed out of service for vehicle-related violations.

• 398 motorcoaches encountered Level I Inspections; 10.1 percent (40) were placed out of service for vehicle-related violations.

Driver violations

• The top three driver violations were for hours of service (32.3 percent), wrong class license (14.9 percent) and false log book (11.3 percent).

• Of Level I, II, and III inspections of vehicles carrying hazardous materials/dangerous goods, 1.9 percent were placed out of service for driver-related violations.

• 598 motorcoaches received Level I, II or III inspections; 3.8 percent (23) of drivers were placed out of service for driver-related violations.

• 710 safety belt violations were found.

Cargo securement emphasis

While checking for cargo securement compliance is always part of roadside inspections, this year’s International Roadcheck placed a special emphasis on this category as a reminder of its importance.

Cargo securement violations (not including hazardous materials/dangerous goods loading/securement) represented 15.7 percent of all vehicle out-of-service violations this year.

Of 3,282 instances in the United States, the top five violations related to cargo securement were:

1. Lack of proper load securement (423).

2. Unsecured vehicle equipment (379).

3. Leaking, spilling, blowing or falling cargo (281).

4. Insufficient tie downs to prevent forward movement of loads not blocked by headerboard, bulkhead or cargo (256).

5. Unsecured vehicle load (178).

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Did you know it’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week?

September 10-16, 2017 has been designated by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) as National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (#NTDAW), when America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs.

Recent numbers indicate there are currently 3.5 million professional drivers in the United States. This annual celebration was started in 1988 by ATA, the largest national trade association for the trucking industry, and recognizes the significant contributions of America’s truck drivers.

US Cargo Control specializes in cargo control products, and we work very closely with the trucking and transportation industry. We strive to understand the needs of this industry in order to offer the best solutions and best products. We talk to truck drivers every day, and appreciate their needs and their challenges.

What does this mean to US Cargo Control?

Todd Kuennen
Todd Kuennen, president of US Cargo Control

We enjoy the relationships we’ve built with truck drivers over the years, and Truck Driver Appreciation Week is important to us.

“Truck drivers roll coast to coast, oftentimes 24/7, to get us the goods we need and want, despite sacrificing time with families and potentially dangerous driving conditions,” said Todd Kuennen, president of US Cargo Control. “This is an opportunity for us to show gratitude for the dedication of these hardworking men and women, and raise awareness and appreciation of the critical role they play in our daily lives.”

We encourage you to check out our Facebook page and uscargocontrol.com to find out more about how we plan to celebrate this week.

If you’re one of our email subscribers, you’ve already gotten a message with an exclusive offer in honor of #NTDAW. Not an email member? Subscribe here.

To learn more about the trucking industry’s impact nationwide, visit www.ntdaw.org

And please stop by our campus if you’re in the area, on Friday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for an open house and cookout. We’d love to show you around our newly expanded campus, including our on-site manufacturing capabilities, and we’d be very pleased to meet you in-person!

Thank you, truck drivers, we appreciate you!