Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts the International Roadcheck across North America to ensure that commercial vehicle drivers are compliant with federal safety standards. This year's roadcheck took place from June 5 to 7 and focused on hours-of-service regulations. Truckers and truck fleet owners in California can glean the results of the roadcheck below.
The 67,502 roadside inspections that were conducted during the three-day event led to 11,897 vehicles and 2,664 drivers being issued out-of-service orders. About 45,400 of the inspections were held at the most comprehensive level, Level I. Of the trucks that underwent a Level I inspection, 21.6 percent were put out of service.
With regard to the vehicles, the top three out-of-service violations were for brake system, brake adjustment, and tire and wheel standards. The first two made up almost 45 percent of all vehicle-related out-of-service violations, which shows how important brake safety is. The CVSA even holds an inspection spree specifically for it called Brake Safety Week. This year's spree takes place September 16 to 22.
Just under 44 percent of drivers who were put out of service were cited for hours-of-service violations. The CVSA announced from the beginning that it would be focusing on such violations, especially in light of the ELD mandate. Other frequent violations included the possession of the wrong class license or false records of duty status.
When truckers do not comply with safety standards, they run the risk of causing truck accidents through their own negligence. Such accidents often result in catastrophic injuries for those in passenger vehicles, but there is a way to be compensated for those injuries and for all the medical expenses and lost income they entail. Victims may consult with a lawyer, who might hire investigators to find proof against the trucker and determine the extent of the injuries. All negotiations may be left to the lawyer.