Hours, brakes top out-of-service violations in this year’s Roadcheck inspection blitz

| August 15, 2014

Of the 72,415 drivers inspected in this year’s Roadcheck inspection spree, 4.8 percent were placed out-of-service, and more than half of those were placed out-of-service due to hours of service or logbook violations.

The 72-hour inspection event was held June 3-5, and the driver out-of-service rate rose slightly from last year’s 4.3 percent. The rate of vehicle out-of-service orders, however, fell to 18.7 percent from 2013’s 20.6 percent.


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Of the driver OOS orders, hours violations accounted for 46.5 percent, according to the data released this week by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, who organizes the annual inspection blitz in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

False logs accounted for 13.7 percent of the OOS orders, and disqualified and suspended drivers made up another 20 percent.

In 2013, hours violations made up 50.3 percent of OOS orders, and false logs made up 14.8 percent.

Of the 73,475 vehicle inspections, nearly half (46.2 percent) were placed out of service for a brake-related violation. Tire and wheel violations made up nearly 14 percent of OOS orders, and lights accounted for 13.5 percent. Load securement made up 11.5 percent.

These numbers are comparable to 2013’s Roadcheck, when 49.6 percent were placed OOS for brake violations, 10 percent for tire and wheel violations, 12.6 percent for lights and 11.7 percent for cargo securement.


Brake inspection blitz happening this week

The annual Brake Safety Week inspection spree is taking place this week, Sept. 7-13. CVSA says more than 30,000 trucks and buses will be inspected. ...

CVSA says this year it put an emphasis on hazmat compliance, and inspectors conducted 5,738 hazmat inspections, CVSA says. Of those, 919 were placed out-of-service for vehicle violations, and 172 were placed OOS for driver violations.

CVSA says about 10,000 inspectors performed inspections at 2,500 locations.

Nearly 70 percent of the inspections performed were Level I, the most thorough roadside inspection level.

  • Thomas Duncan

    Just maybe the hours violations rise is not due to unsafe drivers but due to unsafe rules and controls that have become impossible.

  • jesse wood

    revenue collectors rake in millions in the june revenue blitz and sept blitz expected to do the same for revenue collectors

  • john cook

    Stay home, let them inspect each other.

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  • Sedric

    It’s a good thing they only work once a year,not like they have time 364 days,we all know they are busy to work 365 days.

  • Mr Jim

    Amen to “inspect each other”….that hit the nail right on tje head Mr John…..Good for YOU!!!

  • Bradlyn

    You guys are killing me with your comments. You really think there should not be vehicle inspection blitz’s going on? If it bothers you then obviously you do not know how to perform a thorough CVSA approved vehicle inspection. I have been driving for over 35 years and I knew very little about a CVSA approved inspection years ago. I asked the company I worked for back then if there was a training course and they would not spend the money in training me and other drivers. They said we should already know that; since how did we get our license?. Well I am almost 60 now and I was grandfathered into getting my Class A license. We never had to know because we hardly ever got checked and the DOT boys were very forgiving back then. Thank goodness they are stricter now! Less than 5% of truckers even know how to do a proper inspection. You think this is a ridiculous statement? Well 28 years I almost killed a 4 wheeler because they stopped close in front of me; I hit my brakes and guess what? Very little brakes, they seemed OK when I applied them at the yard. After that I took it upon myself to attend a training course; (yes my money), but here is the good news. I got funded for the rest of my training because of my enthusiasm and now, “years later” I am a certified trainer; still driving though because the love I have for the big rigs. I started my own training company and it is surprising how very few of truck drivers know how to check brakes. Question?? what is the difference between a 20 or 30 short, or long stroke chamber. What is the legal pushrod travel for a 20 short stroke chamber and what is the maximum stroke for it??. Swallow your pride and ask for some help to learn this stuff. If you know how to check your equipment properly you will never worry about a DOT inspection; I actually enjoy them, knowing our roads will be safer. I am all for the inspections, I just wish there were more. Someone said they are dishonest! If you knew how to do a proper CVSA inspection you would know if your brakes were out-of-adjustment. Just ask them to show you what is defective. If you knew, you could sure send them a message. Come on truckers drop the arrogance and learn about your equipment. And if there are companies reading this; provide the proper training for your drivers. They deserve it !!! And by the way; about the 4 wheelers! why are we comparing ourselves to them; we are the professionals not them! Give them space, they probably don’t know better. If they do don’t let it be on your conscience. Don’t say how bad of drivers they are when you as the professional don’t even know how to properly check your equipment! Truckers let’s show them how professional we can be. Safe Driving everyone!

  • Greg Haymon

    Well we have the blitz,now we have the brake blitz coming next month heck we may have bad interior blitz bad paint blitz baldblitz bad bluejean blitz etc……. blitz blitz blitz

  • USMC 69-75

    All that said….Here, here! But the one thing that is really the breaking point to all what you stated is……
    Professionalism. You talk to, or just look at the drivers that have lights out, or some stupid little thing wrong on their trucks, (heaven forbid they need to crawl under the truck). Their first comment…..it’s not my truck, I’m not going to fix it. A $10 to $15 dollar headlight, of which your boss will reimburse you for, instead they’ll drive with one headlight and bitch if they get a ticket. Or like the woman that got that big award for refusing to drive a truck with unsafe tires. But they are doing it all day (and night) long.
    Either, they are spineless, clueless, or just plan lazy?

  • Bulldog

    Good idea next year let’s stay its just 3days

  • Mike

    Bravo to both of you. If there’s nothing wrong with your truck then what does it hurt to be inspected? I must say though as a container hauler the rail company’s are now riveting the tail lights in and you have a hard time when one becomes unplugged. Recently I was inspected and a break light had become unplugged while going down the road. It was working when I left the rail yard but I didn’t have the drill to fix it. I am a driver who will get under the truck or rail chassis and adjust my brakes every time becuase I don’t trust the rail mechanics. They’re even charging for flat spots on tires now so your chassis better be tip top before leaving. As far as four wheelers go I think the drivers ed should be teaching a segment on big trucks before a license is handed out. Not that would help when there are steering wheel holders doing 70 3″ from your bumper. I recently bought my own truck after 26 years of driving and plan on volunteering my time at the local high school to educate new drivers on the dangers of blind spots, cutting off trucks etc.

  • USMC 69-75

    Glad to hear that Mike! I do have a couple of customers that I have to haul containers for, all ship lines. I know what you mean about the rivets and port mechanics. I carry a hammer and chisel along with several rubber boots, if one of those are out, in my pre-trip, I’ll knock it out and replace it with a rubber insert. I have seen guys pulling out the gate with wires hanging where there is suppose to be turn or brake lights, I even had a guy in front of me pull out of the gate and his right rear outside tire fell off. Some of these guys, that haul cheap and have to be so dangerous out there, but you also have the lazy wannabes, making it bad for the rest of us. Always has been, always will be!

  • Bradlyn

    USMC 69-75. Yes many are lazy, clueless and spineless. I have taught many air brake and vehicle inspection courses to drivers that sure are not spineless. There problem is their ego. How dare any one tell them how to check out a truck since they have drove over 20 years. Like I said less the 5% know how to inspect a vehicle properly. I am telling the truth. I get about 5 out of every hundred drivers that know their stuff. Sure they can drive their truck down the road no problem, but do they have the brakes needed when a hard application is required. How many actually know how to check for air leaks? Many apply tractor and trailer parking brakes and go around the truck listening for air leaks. That tells they do not understand the functional air brake system. The system is not even charged with air. How could there be leaks? The most important piece of the truck and driver safety is knowing if your service brakes have leaks and are in adjustment. Very few drivers know how to check this. You need your wheels chocked, air pressure at 100psi and release your parking brakes, apply full brake application with a brake stick.(a 1 by 2 in. piece of wood about 27 in. will work) wedged between the brake pedal and steering wheel. Shut off your truck and listen for air leaks and check the pushrod travel (you first need to mark the pushrod for your starting measurement; brakes released or have visual brake stroke indicators). By the way a 20 short stroke chamber has an adjustment limit of 1 3/4 in. A 30 long stroke has a 2 1/2 in adjustment limit. If anyone reading this does not understand what I am saying you can get this information on-line. If you really want to be professional it is not the amount of years you have drove, but what did you do in those years. I have seen drivers with 3 years that know more about their job than many at 30 plus years. If you have been driving that long and do not know how to do a thorough CVSA approved vehicle inspection you need to realize the highways are much busier than ever and safety is a HUGE factor here. Some drivers need to lose the ego and gain some knowledge. No Offence drivers just caring about human life. My family is out there too! I look at these inspections as a free safety check. I may has missed something that could cost a life.

  • USMC 69-75

    I’m referring to those drivers that, even though they know their trucks are unsafe, Won’t stand up to the boss and tell him they refuse to drive the truck in the condition it’s in. They just jump in and away they go, till the SHTF, then cry about being busted by the DOT, or involved in a bad accident, and it’s the bosses fault!

  • Bradlyn

    I understand what you mean. Some talk about shutting down for 3 days when the blitz is on, but yet don’t have the guts to say no to unsafe equipment. It reminds me of when I was driving a highway coach this summer and I refused to drive a bus that had a faulty air cut-out governor. It was running 150 psi so I red tagged the bus and wrote it up as out-of-service. They gave me another coach to drive and had another driver take it because they knew this driver would not say no. When I confronted the company about it they said they never had another bus for that driver to use and they could not let the school down. There were 48 kids on that bus. I then wrote a nasty letter to the company and quit this part-time job. I do not want to say what further happened.

  • sthomas1957

    Four percent of accidents involving trucks are vehicle related. 96 percent are driver error. You sound like a typical government bureaucrat — wanting to spend waaaaay tooooo much time and money on the wrong thing. Good running equipment is important, but if our highway patrol spent far more time on the highway catching the guys who speed, follow too closely, don’t signal for turns, etc., and less time at weight stations inspecting vehicles, they’d be far more effective at preventing accidents.
    We’re glad you spent the money learning basic mechnanic skills, but knowing how to properly drive a truck (and I’m not saying you don’t know how, I’m just making a point) will save lives far more than knowing the difference between a 20 or 30 long or short stroke chamber. Knowing the difference between a 20- or 30-minute rest break when you’re tired will save a lot more lives.

  • sthomas1957

    I try to drive my truck not having to make hard brake applications. I don’t speed, I don’t follow too closely, I try to stay awake behind the wheel. If you’re having to make that many hard brake applications, maybe you’re in the wrong profession.

  • jojo

    A DOT inspection is nothing more than a very complete pre-trip inspection paying close attention to detail.

    Didn’t the truck driving schools teach this? I wonder?

    If Drivers were paid a living wage there would be no need to cheat a log book! Because the mega companies a taught (or not) most Drivers how to log to their benefit (Profit) many Drivers today have no clue how to log. ELD’s are not the answer. Proper TRAINING IS!!!

    Brakes out of adjustment. Shouldn’t the auto slack adjuster manufacturer get that write up? Another mandated safety piece of junk that doesn’t always work. With manual slack adjusters I knew my brakes were properly adjusted and still got out of adjustment tickets. What are they doing under there while your waiting to apply the brakes?????

    Go Home To VOTE! Federal Election Day is 11/4/14.

    As for ME, I’m Going Home 10/31 thru 11/7. I’M MAKING SURE THAT MY VOICE IS GOING TO BE HEARD!!!

  • Dee

    You got that right…tooo funny! Me being an owner operator I run during the blitz for I’m confident of my truck. I also get the best loads during the blitz for sure. I don’t think that DOT realizes no matter how many blitz they have they can never catch everyone that breaking the laws…so they just have to continue to do the blitz til the end of time.

  • rc1234

    I’ve had a DOT inspector tell me that he could put a brand new truck out of service….how can we deal with this type of attitude? Who inspects the inspectors? A federal bureaucrat…..until common sense is injected into their training, nothing changes….I dealt with the FAA for years, and their only concern is that the paperwork is in order….same Dept. of Trans…..

  • joe

    I was forced to quit my job because I refused to pull a trailer with no brakes. I was sitting. 2-3 days a week without a load. Owner opposite now.

  • USMC 69-75

    With all due respect man…..How does one get forced to quit their job? Either they fire you, or tell you to go home and they’ll call you (not) your still fired, and you have just cause to bring suit against them. But if you let them push you until you quit, well that’s your own fault, for not standing up to them! Now your an Owner Op…..good luck to you, but unless you stand up to these companies your still a glorified company driver. I say this from experience. I was leased to a very big carrier we all know quite well, well they wanted me and my fiance to take a load from West Memphis to LA. In my pre-trip, I discovered the trailer needed brakes. Well the load had to go, I refused it, mechanic said it still had enough brakes. I told dispatch, by the time the trailer hit the Interstate it would be put out of service. They got some company newbie to take the load, and we had to wait till morning to get a load. Don’t know whatever happened to the load, wasn’t interested, just knew I wasn’t going to take it.
    Good luck Joe, you’d do better with your own authority, and finding a nice little niche’ around home for your services!

  • quickphil

    I have no problems with being inspected !! As if I have missed something I want to know what ? So I can get it repaired ! Also I have only had a brake out of adjustment , once and I fixed it but I didn’t get any fine so ! So I sometimes wonder where you all get the ideal it’s about money ?

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  • Kevin J. Reidy

    I got a Level 1 in MO during this last blitz by an actual FMCSA inspector, and I have to say is was one of the most pleasant experiences I ever had in dealing with a DOT official of any type.

    Guy knew his stuff, did a thorough inspection, all was good.

  • Robert Smith

    You are the reason trucking went to hell because instead of taking a stand with your fellow truckers you always took advantage of them. What a weasel .

  • BullDOG

    Just drive safe and learn how to logbooks work.

  • mousekiller

    I can appreciate you and your ability to train. Thank you. Few drivers go the extra length to adress situations as you did.
    How ever this blitz and the CVSA blitz are inspecting the wrong vehicles for the most part.
    Since govt and private studies show the car driver is the cause of 85% to 88% of car truck accidents they are the ones that need training. Inspectors need to pull over non CMV and other vehicles towing trailers that have no light hook up. No safety chains in place and poor if any securement on what they have on the trailer. When the real problem is addressed safety will improve by leaps and bounds.

  • mousekiller

    Many are job scared or hate the company they work for. The lack of good attitude.

  • mousekiller

    It has nothing to do with profession but the traffic around you. Cars cut off cars and it is not just trucks that get cut off. I see it every day. I live with it because it is a fact of life. As time goes on drivers of all vehicle are getting worse. Getting on the road with little or no driving skills to speak of. The list is long.

  • mousekiller

    I hear you. I agree with you. The new slack adjusters are NOT to be manually adjusted as it can and will damage it. A label on all new ones stating that. The driver gets the ticket. The carrier gets dinged too. Made in china?????

  • mousekiller

    I too had a good experience with an inspection. I thanked the officer for finding that issue . He looked at me like I was crazy. I told him I do not like having things not right on my truck. Too much at stake. show me please.. It took an adjustable wrench and 2 minutes of my time.Passed 100% Shook his hand. Sent a letter to his supervisor thanking them for having an officer of his caliber working with us . Sometimes it pays to spend a little time thanking. It might keep an officer from being the dreaded AH we see now and again.

  • mousekiller

    WOW where did that come from?

  • USMC 69-75

    True mouse, and they need to get a grip, change jobs, or careers!

  • USMC 69-75

    Who inspects the inspectors? You do! If you get a ticket for a false issue, FIGHT IT, don’t take it, pay the fine, take the hit, then whine about it…. I know, I know….you don’t have time,(or you don’t want to take the time) I had a friend that got hit on a truck that just had a DOT inspection at a shop, next day got put out of service. Told him to fight it, he and his company, just took it on the chin and kept going!
    If we don’t stand for our rights, we stand for nothing! You choose.

  • Robert Smith

    If you were around or are familiar with the history of trucking you will know where “that came from”. Whenever truckers shut down for a strike,(with the intent being to take a stand together for the issues that affected truckers ), there were always some truckers that would decide to take advantage of the increased rates during the strike and run anyway,undermining the strike and any chance of truckers having a say in the rules,laws ,and issues that affect them.If you read the above comments and then the one I responded to from Dee and how instead of staying home like some drivers suggested ,Dee said he gets the best loads during the blitz (because of other O/O staying home) ,you will see the comparison and why I said what I said.That attitude is what got us to the point where we are today.That is also why the government and law enforcement treat the trucking industry as their whipping boys and cash cows.They know that we will never successfully make a stand against anything they do to us because there are always enough drivers too selfish to care about anything other than themselves,and too stupid to see the whole picture.I do agree that I took the art of assumption to a whole other level in my judgement of him by just his few written words.And I apologize if I am completely wrong about his character. But something in the way it came across, reminded me of the thought process that has been the Achilles heel of the truckers and the reason we are not given any consideration in any issues affecting us.We are the biggest industry with more votes and more employees than probably any other , yet because of our lack of solidarity and education we are laughed at and basically told to stfu, eat poo poo and say we like it and turn your wallet upside down and shake it till all the money falls out.Then between Uncle Sam ,Johnny Law,and Porky the Pig (not the cartoon character ) they will divide it up and you should feel safer because of it.

  • mousekiller

    Yes I have been around trucking for a very long time. I commented on your post due to the name calling. I have been involved in the shut downs since the mid sixties and honored every one. I do not run during the blitz if I can. I am not going to be a statistical number for the unjust blitz. New drivers and some old hands just don’t know or care. Many O/O’s are so close to losing their trucks a week not working will put them out of business.

  • localnet

    I had the same experience with a local Sheriff deputy this past Sunday. Level 1, very professional and friendly. We shook hands after passing the inspection, and quite the long BS session in regards to kids and fishing. It is nice to know that young men like this deputy are out here.

  • Big R Phillips

    Bottom line its one big dry insert. Sorry but i cant say F@#k!

  • Mark A. Wieland

    You should shut down for the three days if you have your own truck because some inspectors have there head up their ___ . And you can afford to sit home and fix those little things that squeak and what have you and kiss the wife :)

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  • BigDaddyMacs

    I have been driving for 20+ years and I am willing to work on my truck to get get me rollin down the road. And I admit to not know how to do a proper inspection. A few companies I’ve worked for had strict inspections on the truck and trailer every time we rolled in the yard. A blitz never mattered to me. I would always leave the scale with new cvsa stickers put on my equipment. But now I’m no longer there I am pretty much lost when it comes to proper inspection. I would swallow my pride and pay for an inspection course, even if it’s just for my own piece of mind.

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