By James Girards
The Commerical Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts its annual Roadcheck Program each year in June. The program this year was completed on June 6, 2013. The data is not available yet, but is much anticipated because the results from 2012 were dismal. More than one in every five 18-wheelers inspected were found to be unsafe.
Here is the short version of the 2012 results:
How did the Drivers Do?
-All inspections: about 5% of drivers failed and were placed out of service.
-All Level 1 inspections: about 5% of drivers failed here too, with about 4% being placed out of service.
-HazMat: about 3% of drivers failedf and about 2% were placed out of service.
-Passenger carrying vehicles: about 3% of drivers failed more than 2% were placed out of service.
How did the actual trucks do?
-All inspections: about 30% of the vehicles failed and 20% were placed out of service.
-All Level 1 inspections: about 22% vehicles failed, and were placed out of service.
-HazMat: about 16% of vehicles failed the inspection, and 15% were placed out of service.
-Passenger carrying vehicles: about 9% of vehicles failed the inspection, and were placed out of service.
-The oilfield and natural gas operations emphasis for 2012 resulted in an out-of-service rate of 28.2% for vehicles and 6.7% for drivers, of 149 inspections conducted in 10 states.
And, these results are from inspections that all trucking companies know about ahead of time. Here is the driver tip sheet that was published to the drivers ahead of time this year.
Unsafe trucks are implicated in thousands of trucking collisions each year in the US alone. If you or a loved one was injured by a truck collision or for more information, please contact The Girards Law Firm at 888-897-2762