|ROADCHECK 2012 Finds Driver and Vehicle Out-Of-Service Rates near Historic Lows|
|Thursday, 16 August 2012 14:36|
ROADCHECK 2012 Finds Driver and Vehicle Out-Of-Service Rates near Historic Lows
Inspection Activity Hits Record Total
By CTN Staff
A press release issued on August 14, 2012 by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) summarized the results from the 25th annual Roadcheck enforcement blitz held in June. Roadcheck is held annually and this year CVSA estimated 9,500 state and federal inspectors participated at 2,500 locations throughout North America. CVSA’s member enforcement jurisdictions are in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. The California Construction Trucking Association is an associate member of CVSA.
A record 74,072 truck and bus inspections were performed during the 72 hour enforcement event. 48,815 of the inspections were North American Level I inspections, of which 22.4 percent of vehicles and 3.9 percent of drivers were placed out-of-service – the second best rates in 25 years.
As good as the numbers were for the trucking industry CVSA cautioned “…while the attention paid by industry to maintenance and regulatory compliance generally is improving, more needs to be done by industry and enforcement alike.”
“Roadcheck continues to shine a spotlight on the critical importance of the roadside inspection program across North America and how vital it is to commercial vehicle safety and our march toward zero deaths on our roadways. I appreciate the continued focus by both enforcement and industry towards ensuring that it remains a top priority,” said CVSA president David Palmer, an assistant chief with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“This is a clear indication that enforcement and industry’s efforts during Roadcheck are having a positive impact,” said CVSA’s executive director Stephen A. Keppler. “This goes to show that even in these difficult budgetary times for states, provinces and local agencies that each and every roadside inspection is important and makes a difference.”
Roadcheck 2012 took place June 5th through 7th, with an average of more than 1,000 trucks and buses inspected every hour during the 72-hour campaign. According to the press release, the annual three-day Roadcheck event has resulted in the inspection of over 1.2 million vehicles since it began in 1988 and gives enforcement, industry and academia an eye on inspection trends from year to year. Meanwhile, enforcement agencies across North America conduct commercial vehicle inspections every day, with approximately 4 million inspections completed in 2011.