inspections

Georgia ramping up truck enforcement with 60 new officers

Following a few high-profile crashes, Georgia announced last week plans to hire 60 new officers for truck inspections and enforcement.

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Roadcheck road reports heading into final day

UPDATED: Reader reports from locales around the nation throughout the second day and final morning of the Roadcheck inspection blitz. What are you seeing? Weigh in here.

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Roadcheck 2015 inspection spree set for next week, here’s CVSA’s checklists for drivers, carriers

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz done by a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, is scheduled for next week.

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Bill would put the brakes on Wireless Roadside Inspection

As with truck systems, inspections could see in relatively short order a future in which more happens with less human involvement. Recent draft DOT appropriations bill item seeks to curb "Wireless Roadside Inspection" pending DOT's addressing of industry, enforcement concerns.

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POLL: If any, what weigh station bypassing system do you use?

Whether the longstanding PrePass or NorPass systems or newer Drivewyze (or none at all), which system is in your truck? Vote in the poll here and sound off on system utility in the comments.

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Scale bypass options growing for owner-ops: A look at the maps

Scale bypass option networks have grown tremendously since their beginnings just more than 20 years ago. Here's a look at the maps of two of the biggest.

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S.D. adds Drivewyze bypass

The smartphone-based bypass service is now available in 545 locations in 34 states, including some mobile inspection sites. More data here on South Dakota inspection rankings.

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Investigators targeted 193 carriers using CSA data in 2014 enforcement blitz

Investigators used driver performance data from the FMCSA’s CSA algorithm to target nearly 200 companies for on-site interventions. Officers also made contact with nearly 20,000 commercial drivers.

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Brake inspection blitz places 16.2% of vehicles out of service, up from 2013 rate

The percentage of vehicles placed out of service in 2014 jumped a few points from 2013’s record-low of 13.5 percent, but the percentage comes from a smaller sample size.

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Attitude the key to roadside inspections, says CVSA head, who pushes inspections’ effectiveness

Clean roadside inspections and overall safety success depend on good company culture, says CVSA head Stephen Keppler. The average amount of downtime for a truck placed out of service in a roadside inspection is 8.5 hours, Keppler said, which can have a “significant impact” on a trucking business.

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