The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual roadside enforcement blitz for 2023 has come and gone, and Overdrive stopped by a chicken coop in New York for some hands-on reporting on the state of safety inspections. Nothing we saw there was as spectacularly messed up as the fails posted below, shared by various truck enforcement departments among states.
Some of these violations, like a big bag of illegal drugs, received near universal condemnation from commenting operators on Facebook, where the posts originally appeared. Others, like a lightly leaking wheel seal, caused a bit more controversy.
But in most cases, a solid pre-trip inspection, some preventive maintenance, basic common sense (duct tape doesn't fix everything) or maybe just plain finessing the officers could have avoided dings for violations. After all, the vast, vast majority of trucks that passed through or by scale houses last week did not get inspected, and a report from Mike "Mustang" Crawford last week indicated that many scale houses simply weren't staffed.
Last year's Roadcheck fails, from Iowa, already turned a few heads. In the aftermath of this year's event, South Dakota and Wyoming, too, added their own images of Roadcheck's "worst of the worst," with plenty in the way of negative reinforcement for your own safe practices, as it were.