Hazmat-focused inspection blitz sidelines nearly 700 trucks

Commercial vehicle inspectors across North America inspected more than 9,200 trucks, placing approximately 7% of them out-of-service during a week-long enforcement blitz focusing on hazardous materials and other dangerous goods.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in a news release said 9,259 trucks were inspected as part of the group’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Road Blitz on Aug. 12-16. Transport Canada has held a week-long enforcement blitz on dangerous goods since 2012, and enforcement personnel in the U.S. and Mexico joined for the first time this year.

During the blitz, there were 15,197 total hazmat packages inspected – 8,594 non-bulk and 6,603 bulk shipments.

Inspectors placed 683 trucks out-of-service for various hazmat violations, including:

  • 66 violations for package integrity (leaking)
  • 204 violations for loading and securement
  • 181 other packaging violations, 50 of which were OOS conditions
  • 432 placarding violations, with 102 being OOS conditions
  • 1,156 shipper paper violations, 226 of which were OOS conditions
  • 171 markings violations with 35 being OOS conditions

CVSA says class 3 flammable liquids were the most-inspected hazmat items during the blitz, with 5,446 inspections, followed by class 2 gases, which were inspected 2,108 times.

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