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August 23, 2017 4:15 PM, EDT
2017 Roadcheck Places 23% of Commercial Vehicles Out of Service
Roadside inspection in Arkansas A truck receives a roadside inspection during Roadcheck 2017. (ArDOT)

Nearly one of every four trucks that received comprehensive Level I inspections during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck this summer were taken out of service, CVSA reported on Aug. 23.

CVSA’s annual safety blitz was conducted June 6-8.

It said that 23% of the nearly 41,000 Level I commercial vehicle inspections were placed out of service, while 4.2% of drivers that received the comprehensive inspections were placed out of service.

There were 62,013 Level I, II and III inspections combined conducted during the annual event that lasts 72 hours, resulting in 19.4% of commercial motor vehicles inspected being placed out of service. During those same inspections, 4.7% of all drivers were placed out of service.

The top three out-of-service vehicle violations during the stepped-up enforcement in the United States and Canada were for brake systems (26.9% of vehicle out-of-service violations), cargo securement (15.7%) and tires and wheels (15.1%).

Of the vehicles placed out of service, brake adjustment and brake system violations combined to represent 41.4%, or 7,743, of all out-of-service vehicle violations.

During the three-day event CVSA-certified inspectors conducted high-volume, large-scale, high-visibility roadside inspections of large trucks and buses. Trucks and buses and their drivers were checked at inspection sites, weigh stations and roving patrol locations along roadways.

A total of 7,713 inspections were conducted in Canada, while 54,300 were conducted in the United States.

A roadside inspection in Washington state during Roadcheck. (CVSA)

The top three vehicle violations related to hazardous materials/dangerous goods were for loading and securement (40.4 percent of all out-of-service hazardous materials/dangerous goods violations), shipping papers (22.7%) and placarding (20.8%).

The top three driver-related violations were for hours of service (32.3% of driver out-of-service violations), wrong class license (14.9%) and false logbook (11.3%).

There were 710 safety belt violations.

“This year, we’re celebrating 30 years of the International Roadcheck program,” CVSA President Julius Debuschewitz with Yukon Highways and Public Works, said in a statement. “Thanks to the more than 13,000 inspectors who work hard every day to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on our roadways.”