clean inspections

More clean inspections: Enforcement change or improved compliance?

Both enforcement-practice changes and, veteran officers suggest, improved operations on the part of truckers are responsible for clean inspections' recent rise.

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A view on the rise in clean inspections, from a state where they’re fairly uncommon

In our annual CSA's Data Trail analysis, Indiana state ranks 10th this year in clean inspections, with less than a third of their total inspections having come out entirely violation-free over the course of calendar year 2016. But look at improvement in truckers' favor in that metric, and you'll see that Indiana is one of just a few states that improved in that particular metric by more than 50 percent over the preceding year.

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A silver lining: Clean inspections on the rise

In Overdrive’s annual CSA’s Data Trail update, after a few years of decline in the totals overall, inspections increased by more than 4 percent. Fortunately for operators, those additional thousands of inspections can be attributed in part to an influx of inspections that contained no violation.

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Trends in violations, inspections move in truckers’ favor

Since year 2012, when the violation-free inspection percentage was below 40 percent, while the total number of inspections has remained relatively level and even fallen a little, violation-free inspection numbers have grown considerably, by more than 18 percent.

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POLL: Are clean (violation-free) inspections more common today than they used to be?

What's been your experience over the last five years? Do you feel inspectors are more likely today to actually finish and record a clean, violation-free inspection than before?

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Best — and worst — 10 states for clean inspections

These states present truckers with the best opportunities -- or, as the case may be, the least likelihood -- for a clean inspection, crucial in improving CSA scores.

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Credit for clean: ‘Finishing the job’ on violation-free inspections

Mississippi far exceeding all states when it comes to helping truckers by issuing clean inspections. According to state officials, that could change with some more precise targeting in the future.

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POLL: How long has it been since you had a ‘clean’ inspection?

Incidence of clean inspections, showing no violations, nationally has tracked around 40 percent, give or take, since the CSA program's advent in late 2010. How long ago was your last clean inspection?

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Top 10 most intense states for inspection violations

This top-ten hall of fame -- or shame, depending on your perspective -- is actually a top 11, showing states in which the most violations per individual inspection were written throughout calendar year 2014.

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The Golden State: CHP’s relationship with CARB

The California Highway Patrol and the California Air Resources Board aren’t exactly birds of a feather, say CHP reps.

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