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

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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.

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.

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.