International Roadcheck is an annual three-day event when certified Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement, and educational initiatives targeting various motor carrier, vehicle, and driver safety elements. It is the most extensive targeted enforcement program of commercial motor vehicles worldwide. Since its inception in 1988, more than 1.8 million vehicles have been inspected.
The CVSA held this year’s International Roadcheck Week on May 16-18, a high-visibility, high-volume 72-hour inspection. This year, inspectors focused on anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and cargo securement to highlight the importance of vehicle safety. However, not a lot of improvement was made. Across Canada, Mexico, and the United States, 59,429 commercial motor vehicles were inspected during the International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement initiative. The good news was that 81% of the commercial motor vehicles and 94.5% of the commercial motor vehicle drivers inspected had no out-of-service (OOS) violations.
However, that means CVSA-certified inspectors discovered at least one OOS violation on 19% of the vehicles inspected and, in turn, removed those 11,270 commercial motor vehicles from roadways until the OOS violations were corrected. There were 17,479 vehicle out-of-service violations in total.
There were 5,280 commercial motor vehicle driver OOS violations in total. Inspectors restricted 5.5% (3,256) of the drivers inspected who were found to have at least one OOS driver violation from operating their vehicles, as identified in the CVSA North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria. Those drivers were restricted from commercial travel until their OOS violations were addressed.
A total of 116,669 OOS violations and violations not out-of-service combined were identified throughout the effort.
The Top 5 OOS violations were: