Roadcheck 2015 results

By Greg Grisolano, associate editor

The results are in, and the 2015 edition of International Roadcheck resulted in the lowest rates of out-of-service violations since the event started keeping records in 1991.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which sponsors the three-day commercial vehicle enforcement operation in the U.S. and Canada, announced the results via press release on Sept. 29.

On June 2-4 commercial motor vehicle inspectors across North America completed 69,472 truck and bus inspections during this year's Roadcheck. Of the 69,472 total inspections, 44,989 were North American Standard Level I Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection.

Of Level I Inspections, inspectors found 1,623 (or 3.6 percent of drivers) and 9,732 (or 21.6 percent of vehicles with out-of-service violations), historically the lowest rates for which CVSA has data, back to 1991, according to the release. Of all inspections, 777 seatbelt violations were issued.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The special emphasis for 2015 was cargo securement. During the event, inspectors issued 2,439 violations for load securement. The leading load securement violations, by number of violations issued, were:

  • Failure to prevent shifting/loss of load
  • Failure to secure truck equipment (tarps, dunnage, doors, tailgates, spare tires)
  • Damaged tie downs (typically unacceptable wear on chain or cuts and tears on web straps)
  • Insufficient tie downs; and
  • Loose tie downs. Load securement enforcement is a normal part of Level I Inspections, but securing cargo and equipment are vital to safe operations.

"CVSA's International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute, over three days," said Collin B. Mooney, CVSA acting executive director. "However, we must remember that the work done over that 72-period represents only a fraction of what's accomplished every day by approximately 13,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors at hundreds of inspection locations across North America."

Since its inception in 1988, International Roadcheck has performed more than 1.4 million inspections. LL