The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Roadcheck 2011 produced the lowest out-of-service rates recorded in its history.
Results from the CVSA’s Roadcheck 2011, the three-day, commercial vehicle safety enforcement and education campaign, reveal that the commercial motor carrier and motor coach industries continue to improve the maintenance and safety of their operations, with overall out-of-service rates being the lowest since Roadcheck began in 1991.
“Although overall out-of-service rates are at record lows, there is room for improvement until the roads are free from vehicle and driver violations,” said CVSA’s Executive Director Stephen A. Keppler. “Events that focus on ensuring vehicles and drivers are complying with the law, like Roadcheck and all roadside inspections, draw critical attention to out-of-service rates and are shown to also impact crash reductions.”
Nearly 8,000 CVSA and FMCSA certified inspectors at 2,550 locations across North America performed 70,712 truck and bus inspections in 72 hours. Inspectors focused on the North American Standard Level I inspection, motorcoach inspections, hours of service logbooks, and household goods carriers.
Once again, hours of service logbook violations lead overwhelmingly as a percentage of all driver violations cited (50.6 percent of all driver out-of-service violations). The hours of service rules are designed to reduce driver fatigue, which may be a contributing factor in large truck and bus crashes. Inspectors also queried drivers of their use of electronic logging devices; 14 percent were using them.
An additional emphasis was placed on identifying carriers of household goods operating ‘under-the-radar’ by using improperly marked rental vehicles and/or operating as a for-hire property carrier rather than HHG carrier. The twelve states that participated in the HHG focus activity identified 32 carriers that required enforcement action.
During Roadcheck 2011 approximately 16 trucks or buses were inspected, on average, every minute for the 72 hours of the event, from June 7-9, occurring from Canada to Mexico.
Drivers were pulled over or directed into weigh stations or other inspection locations and asked to show their commercial driver’s license, medical examiner’s certificate and record of duty status. Brakes, tires, lights and every major safety component of the truck or bus, plus proper load securement were also examined during Roadcheck.
CVSA sponsors Roadcheck each year with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.
Roadcheck data from 2011 show the overall vehicle compliance rate at 80.7 percent (80.0 percent in 2010), with an overall driver compliance rate of 95.8 percent (95.6 percent from last year). For NAS Level I inspections, the compliance rates were up to 77.2 percent for vehicles (76.7 percent in 2010) and 96.3 percent for drivers (unchanged from 2010). In addition, there were 296 fewer safety belt violations in 2011 (863 vs. 1,159 in 2010).
Safety Security: Related News
7/8/2011 – Roadcheck 2011 Saw Lowest Out-of-Service Rates Ever
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Roadcheck 2011 produced the lowest out-of-service rates recorded in its history….
6/30/2011 – FMCSA Testing Driver Monitoring Systems
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking a close look at whether onboard driver monitoring systems are an effective way to improve safety.
The agency is mid-way through a multi-year research project designed to measure how well drivers respond to feedback from systems that track lane departures, impending collisions and fatigue, among other indicators. The research also will produce the largest continuous collection of naturalistic driving data ever undertaken,…
6/28/2011 – NTSB Unveils New “Most Wanted List” of Safety Improvements
The National Transportation Safety Board released a new list of the nation’s most critical transportation safety issues….
6/28/2011 – Driver in Train-Truck Crash May Have Been Speeding
UPDATED — More details are surfacing about the driver in Friday’s horrific train-truck crash in Nevada, including the possibility he may have been speeding….
6/27/2011 – Truck Crashes into Amtrak Train, Killing at Least Six, Injuring Dozens
UPDATE 2 — A truck driver is the focus of an investigation after he and at least five others were killed after his tractor-trailer ran into an Amtrak train at a rural crossing in the desert near Miriam, Nev., Friday….
6/23/2011 – Dart Transit Outfits Fleet With Mobileye Collision Avoidance Technology
Dart Transit is equipping new trucks that will be used in its lease-purchase program for owner-operators with Mobileye’s collision avoidance system….
6/17/2011 – PressurePro Participating in FMCSA’s Wireless Inspection Program
Advantage PressurePro announced its participation in the Wireless Roadside Inspection (WRI) Program with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Oak Ridge National Labs….
6/13/2011 – Trucking Groups Call on NHTSA to Examine Truck Crashworthiness Standards
American Trucking Associations and the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association together called on the federal government to begin researching standards for crashworthiness for heavy trucks….
6/13/2011 – DOT Shuts Down More Bus Companies
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has shut down three more bus companies for unsafe operations….
6/8/2011 – Harassment by Men Discussed at White House Meeting by Women In Trucking Officers
Women In Trucking President/CEO Ellen Voie and Board Director, Jan Hamblin of J. J. Keller Associates, recently visited the White House to discuss the problem of harassment in the male-dominated trucking industry….
6/6/2011 – FMCSA Shuts Down Sky Express, Inc.
An investigation following a fatal bus crash on May 31 has revealed that Sky Express, Inc. was operating and selling tickets under several different company names, including 108 Tours and 108 Bus. …
6/3/2011 – Summer the Most Dangerous Time for Teen Drivers
Summer’s here and the time is right for putting away the phone while driving.
On the day she graduated from college in May 2008, Jacy Good’s car was struck by a tractor-trailer that had swerved to avoid a young driver who had run a red light while talking on his cell phone. Her parents were killed. She barely survived and lives with serious injuries….
5/26/2011 – NICB Releases 2010 Report on Cargo Theft
The National Insurance Crime Bureau issued its 2010 National Cargo Theft report, finding that electronics and food are the most common loads targeted by thieves….