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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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Many readers feel little change in clean inspections

While more clean inspections overall may well be the reality for inspections recorded in the federal Motor Carrier Management and Information System database, Overdrive’s audience of mostly owner-operators is more skeptical.

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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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Staying ahead of the inspectors

Don't take any chances on your equipment passing inspection. This story, newly updated, rounds up coverage on a wealth of maintenance topics in Overdrive in recent years.

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Midwest Muscle: Iowa bolsters targeted approach to driver violations

Iowa DOT's high violations-per-inspection ranking, among other data, underscores an increasing focus on driver violations, particularly related to hours of service.

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The 18 states that issue more violations per inspection than the national average

In any of these states, it's most likely that if you get inspected you'll walk away with a violation. All of them write more than 1.7 per every individual inspection, with Connecticut at the top of the list with more than 3.

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Parking needs on Washington State’s radar

If you don’t include three truck stops at the north, south and eastern edges metropolitan Seattle, the area containsonly about 200 to 300 truck parking spaces. It's a fact that Washington State patrol is well aware of and is making moves to combat.

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Washington state: Putting the move on moving violations, logs

The one-two combination of hours of service and traffic enforcement packs the biggest punch for Washington State -- with a technology assist.

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Top 10 toughest states for tire violations

Oregon, Texas and North Carolina lead the tire-violations rankings, the latter two also showing an uncommonly strong focus on maintenance/equipment-related violations overall. Peruse more nationally ranked data on equipment violations here.

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North Carolina enforcement: Where officer discretion can help

Professionalism at roadside can go a long way in influencing enforcement actions in North Carolina. The highway patrol there isn't, by and large, "looking to jam up guys who are decent,” operators note. More in this CSA's Data Trail profile of the state, by the numbers.

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