Results from the Roadcheck 2010, a roadside inspection program sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), show that the commercial motor vehicle industry is hovering close to the record low out-of-service rates set during 2009.
Figures show the overall vehicle compliance rate at 80%, slightly down from 80.4% in 2009, with an overall driver compliance rate of 95.6%, which is unchanged from a year ago.
“This year’s Roadcheck results provide further evidence of the trucking industry’s steadfast commitment to safety,” said Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer.
CVSA’s annual Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program for commercial vehicles in the world. During the 72-hour period from June 8-10, CVSA and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration-certified inspectors performed 65,327 truck and bus inspections. Of that total, there were 48,970 NAS Level I inspections, whch is the most comprehensive roadside inspection.
According to CVSA, hazardous materials inspections resulted in a vehicle compliance rate of 83.7%, up from 83% in 2009, and a driver compliance rate of 97.5%, up from 97% in 2009.
ATA has supported the Roadcheck program since its inception and has worked cooperatively with CVSA to determine emphasis areas. Additionally, while overall inspection totals are down from the previous year’s records, more inspectors participated at more locations in the 2010 event.