The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance this week announced the results of Roadcheck 2015.
Roadcheck is the largest “target enforcement program” on CMVs and buses.
Each year during the 72-hour blitz, 10,000 CMV enforcement officers, from Canada to Mexico inspect approximately 17 trucks or buses every minute.
Roadcheck is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association and the FMCSA.
During the 2015 blitz, 69,472 inspections were conducted– 44,989 were Level 1 inspections. Of those, 1,623 (3.6%) of drivers and 9,732 (21.6%) were paced out of service– the lowest OOS rate since 1991.
This year, CVSA inspectors payed close attention to load securement. During the 72-hour blitz, 2,439 citations were issued for improper load securement.
“The leading load securement violations, by number of violations issued, were: (1) failure to prevent shifting/loss of load; (2) failure to secure truck equipment (tarps, dunnage, doors, tailgates, spare tires); (3) damaged tie downs (typically unacceptable wear on chain or cuts and tears on web straps); (4) insufficient tie downs; and (5) loose tie downs. Load securement enforcement is a normal part of Level I Inspections, but securing cargo and equipment are vital to safe operations,” CVSA said in a press release.
“Commercial vehicle inspectors are highly trained, dedicated professionals whose sole focus is protecting the safety of everyone traveling on our highways and roads,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling. “The annual Roadcheck event is just one example of a continuing strong partnership among local, state and federal safety enforcement personnel. It also serves as a valuable reminder that when it comes to commercial vehicle safety, everyone has an important role to play. We must give large trucks and buses extra space to maneuver, avoid lingering in blinds spots where you can’t be seen, never allow ourselves to become distracted drivers, and never drink and drive.”