CVSA’S ROADCHECK KEEPS COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SAFETY IN CHECK
Inspections Emphasize Importance of Vehicle, Driver Compliance to Drive Down Highway Deaths
WASHINGTON, DC (July 7, 2011) – Results from Roadcheck 2011, the three-day, commercial vehicle safety enforcement and education campaign organized annually by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), 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 (OOS) rates being the lowest since Roadcheck began in 1988.
“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 (NAS) Level I inspection, motorcoach inspections, hours of service logbooks, and household goods (HHG) carriers.
Once again, hours of service logbook violations lead overwhelmingly as a percentage of all driver violations cited (52.5 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 (HHG) 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. While Roadcheck has taken place every year since 1988, it is important to note that roadside inspections occur every day across North America, to the tune of more than 3.9 million in 2010.
CVSA sponsors Roadcheck each year with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).
“Roadcheck is about law enforcement partners throughout North America working together for greater truck and bus safety,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “The fact is, federal, state, and provincial safety inspectors across the continent are on the job every day vigorously enforcing commercial vehicle and driver safety regulations. For all of us, that is our year-round mission and passion.”
Roadcheck data from 2011 shows 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).
Inspections of passenger carrying vehicles found a vehicle compliance rate of 91.3 percent in 2011 vs. 91.0 percent in 2010. The motor coach driver compliance rate was 97.4 percent — in 2010 it was 96.4 percent. Hazardous materials inspections resulted in a vehicle compliance rate of 82.1 percent (83.7 percent in 2010) and driver compliance rate of 97.5 percent (unchanged from previous year). There were 29,609 CVSA Decals issued to vehicles that passed the inspection, up from the number issued in 2010 (26,605).
CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial, and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Our mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. The Alliance actively monitors, evaluates, and identifies solutions to potentially unsafe transportation processes and procedures related to driver and vehicle safety requirements most often associated with commercial motor vehicle crashes. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals: uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA, visit www.cvsa.org.
ROADCHECK 2011 FACT SHEET
Driver results for the vehicle types were as follows:
- All inspections: 95.8 percent of drivers passed, and 4.2 percent were placed out of service (4.4 percent were out of service in 2010).
- All Level I inspections: 96.3 percent of drivers passed, and 3.7 percent were placed out of service (3.7 percent were out of service in 2010).
- HazMat: 97.5 percent of drivers passed, and 2.5 percent were placed out of service (2.5 percent were out of service in 2010).
- Passenger carrying vehicles: 97.4 percent of drivers passed, and 2.6 percent were placed out of service in 2011 (3.6 percent were placed out of service in 2010).
Vehicle results were as follows:
- All inspections: 80.7 percent of vehicles passed, and 19.3 percent were placed out of service (20.0 percent were out of service in 2010).
- All Level I inspections: 77.2 percent of vehicles passed, and 22.8 percent were placed out of service (23.3 percent were out of service in 2010).
- HazMat: 82.1 percent of vehicles passed the inspection, and 17.9 percent were placed out of service (16.3 percent were out of service in 2010).
- Passenger carrying vehicles: 91.3 percent of vehicles passed the inspection, and 8.7 percent were placed out of service (9.0 percent were out of service in 2010).
- The motor coach emphasis for 2011 resulted in the second highest number of inspections—1,217 conducted on buses.
- Drivers were surveyed on logbook type. Eighty-six percent of drivers use paper log books in the U.S. in 2011.
- Vehicle out-of-service rates from Level I inspections were the second lowest on record for Roadcheck, at 22.8 percent.