According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), the U.S. trucking industry has improved the percentage of drivers who passed roadside safety inspections and were in compliance with driver work and rest rules in the past year.
The highest percentage of vehicles passed Level I safety inspections in two decades, CVSA said, with 95% passing the test, 14.5% more than 2007. Drivers also registered a slight improvement in hours-of-service compliance, improving to 96.2% from 95.1% the previous year.
In addition, the number of drivers in compliance with hazardous materials regulations increased to 97.6% from 96.5%, and the number of vehicles that passed roadside inspections increased to 79.2% from 78.5%.
“The numbers bear out that education and enforcement are having a positive impact on safety,” said American Trucking Assns. (ATA) president & CEO Bill Graves. “ATA supports this annual safety inspection blitz and the removal of unsafe trucks from the road. We appreciate CVSA’s annual Roadcheck effort.”