inspections

Fighting tickets: Don’t forget DataQs to clear your PSP/CSA record

While prospective employers/lessors aren’t strictly required to use FMCSA's PSP reports to view prospective drivers’ roadside inspection violations and recordable crashes, plenty do. Any violation marked on an inspection report will be included there going back three years, and any crash, five years.

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Fighting tickets

There is more than one way to skin the cat when it comes to fighting tickets. While more than four in 10 Overdrive readers say they have seen success contesting a ticket without employing a lawyer to help, interviews reveal a different pattern: The biggest success is seen when legal help is involved.

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Midwest Muscle: Iowa bolsters targeted approach to driver violations

Iowa DOT's high violations-per-inspection ranking, among other data, underscores an increasing focus on driver violations, particularly related to hours of service.

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The 18 states that issue more violations per inspection than the national average

In any of these states, it's most likely that if you get inspected you'll walk away with a violation. All of them write more than 1.7 per every individual inspection, with Connecticut at the top of the list with more than 3.

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National inspection blitz puts nearly 4k trucks out of service, over half for brake violations

Nearly 2,400 trucks were placed out-of-service for brake violations and nearly 2,700 trucks were placed out-of-service for non-brake-related violation during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week, held Sept. 11-17.

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Are small carriers singled out for inspection? Short answer: Yes

FMCSA routinely bumps the Inspection Selection System scores of "data-insufficient" carriers -- i.e. those who haven't been inspected enough to product CSA SMS scores -- to 99, making bypass systems virtually useless and ensuring more inspections.

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Top 10 toughest states for tire violations

Oregon, Texas and North Carolina lead the tire-violations rankings, the latter two also showing an uncommonly strong focus on maintenance/equipment-related violations overall. Peruse more nationally ranked data on equipment violations here.

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North Carolina enforcement: Where officer discretion can help

Professionalism at roadside can go a long way in influencing enforcement actions in North Carolina. The highway patrol there isn't, by and large, "looking to jam up guys who are decent,” operators note. More in this CSA's Data Trail profile of the state, by the numbers.

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‘Border effect’ on inspections: Update

Among the four states on the U.S.-Mexico border, inspection numbers overall are among the highest in the nation. All four states rank in the top 10 for inspection intensity.

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Common ground: New Mexico’s inspection-heavy enforcement program

Capt. Greg Kerr of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s truck-enforcement unit has thoughts about highway safety that truck drivers may find familiar and sensible. Chiefly: He understands that four-wheelers are ‘part of the problem’ with safety.

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