Truck drivers across the United States have been in for a surprise recently, as the Department of Public Safety in numerous states have begun stepping forth and performing surprise inspections on commercial vehicles. Due to these inspections, over 22 percent of all commercial vehicles have been deemed out-of-service for one reason or another. These inspections have been occurring since June, and offer a glimpse of what commercial drivers can expect across the nation in the coming months.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which sponsors the International Roadcheck every single year, have released the results of this year’s inspection spree, which have been occurring since June, and offer a glimpse of what commercial drivers can expect across the nation in the coming months. Last year, over 21 percent of all commercial vehicles on the road at the time were considered not fit for service. This is costly to trucking companies, as they must replace the lost trucks.
Of the nearly 8,000 inspected trucks, 1,751 of these were placed out-of-service. The Department of Public Safety said the brakes and vehicle lighting were the most common issues discovered during the routine inspections, which took place across the nation on June 7-9. Tires, another specific area focused on during the routine maintenance check, were not mentioned as a major violation by the department, though.
Additionally, over 224 drivers were considered unfit to continue performing their role as a commercial driver due to various violations, including the improper license for the type of vehicle being driven, the improper logging of their duty time, and even hours-of-service violations. These drivers were performing fraud and were subsequently removed from the road for their infractions.
During the inspection, the department issues over 1,972 different citations and over 20,446 warnings this year during Roadcheck 2016. Commercial trucking companies will learn a thing or two from the inspections.