Safety Checks

Keeping North America’s highways and byways safer with a combination of announced and unannounced safety checks.

Commercial motor vehicle enforcement personnel in Canada and the United States conducted more than 62,000 driver and vehicle safety inspections on large trucks and buses during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck in June.    During the inspection period, the CVSA says 23 percent of vehicles and 4.2 percent of drivers that received Level I Inspections were placed out of service.

A 3-day enforcement event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct high-volume, large-scale, high-visibility roadside inspections of large trucks and buses, International Roadcheck is just one of many “safety weeks” that are conducted on our highways every year.

According to the CVSA, 62,013 Level I, II, and III inspections were conducted during 2017 International Roadcheck. In total, 40,944 inspections were North American Standard (NAS) Level I Inspections (a 37-step procedure that includes examination of both the driver and vehicle). Other inspections conducted included the NAS Level II Walk-Around Inspection (12,787) and the NAS Level III Driver-Only Inspection (8,282).

The Most Prevalent Violations

The CVSA says that the top three out-of-service vehicle violations were for brake systems (26.9 percent of vehicle out-of-service violations), cargo securement (15.7 percent), and tires/wheels (15.1 percent). Of the 2,267 vehicles carrying hazardous materials/dangerous goods that received a Level I Inspection, 12.8 percent were placed out of service for vehicle-related violations.

Cargo securement violations (not including the loading and securement of hazardous materials and dangerous goods) represented 15.7 percent of all vehicle-out-of-service violations during 2017 International Roadcheck, according to the CVSA, which says that the top five violations related to cargo securement (out of a total of 3,282) in the U.S. were:

  • No or improper load securement (423)
  • Failure to secure vehicle equipment (379)
  • Leaking, spilling, blowing, or falling cargo (281)
  • Insufficient tie-downs to prevent forward movement for load not blocked by headerboard, bulkhead, or cargo (256)
  • Failure to secure load (178)

Safety Campaigns  

In October, law enforcement across North America participated in CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week in an effort to combat unsafe driving behaviors by both truckers and passenger car drivers.

According to Overdrive, CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help reduce the number of crashes, deaths, and injuries involving large trucks, buses, and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. Education is also part of the program, and law enforcement will offer educational and awareness safety programs to truckers and the motoring public.

Next year, CVSA plans to hold two annual brake safety campaigns—one unannounced one-day enforcement initiative and one announced brake safety enforcement day. During both the announced and unannounced brake safety enforcement campaigns, CMV inspectors will conduct brake system inspections (primarily Level IV Inspections) on large trucks and buses throughout North America to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations.

“This Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) model has been used successfully in other areas of traffic concerns (most notably seat belt usage),” CVSA points out, “and has been adapted to address the issue of brake violations.”

Keeping Everyone Safe

Cumulatively, these road safety campaigns help ensure the safety of truck drivers and passenger car drivers while also helping vehicles deliver their cargo safely and securely.

“These periodic inspections go a long way in helping to make our roads safer,” says Joanne Marquis, Director of Safety at Odyssey Logistics, “and to reduce the number of accidents and preventable incidents that take place on our highways.”

Odyssey Logistics is committed to developing a safe work environment and logistics network for its employees and customers, and will continue to bring you the latest updates and results of these safety checks.