Roadcheck results mixed

Aug. 1, 2006
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that although the number of commercial trucks, buses and hazmat vehicles placed out of service during its June 6-8 Roadcheck were down from 2005, driver violations were up. Of the 60,357 vehicles inspected throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, 21.7% were placed out of service this year, down slightly from last year's 22.5%. The number of drivers

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that although the number of commercial trucks, buses and hazmat vehicles placed out of service during its June 6-8 Roadcheck were down from 2005, driver violations were up.

Of the 60,357 vehicles inspected throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, 21.7% were placed out of service this year, down slightly from last year's 22.5%.

The number of drivers placed out of service was 5.6%, up from 4.4% in 2005. The most common driver citation was an hours-of-service violation (57.1%), followed by falsified records-of-duty status (12.4%) and licensing-related violations.

Safety belts were a key focus of the campaign, since the usage rate by commercial drivers is estimated to be 54%, compared with 82% for automobile drivers. Only 2% of the drivers in this year's Roadcheck were cited for not wearing safety belts.

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