Tom Bray - Industry Consultant, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
September 17 , 2019
Have Zero Roadside Violations in 2020!
In this new guide for 2020, our subject matter experts walk you through a roadside inspection, from selection to completion.
During the 72 hours of CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2019 event, 67,072 commercial vehicles and drivers underwent a roadside inspection.
These inspections resulted in:
The numbers show improvements in some areas, and poorer performance in others when compared to last year’s Roadcheck data, when there were 67,603 inspections done, with 11,910 vehicles (21.6%) and 2,666 drivers (3.9%) placed out of service.
The bad news is that the problems seen this year are the same as the ones seen last year:
In other words, the order of the top violations was unchanged, and the percentages moved only minimally when they moved at all.
During Roadcheck 2018, these violations (brakes, tires/wheels, cargo securement, and lights) accounted for a whopping 88% of the violations written. For 2019? These violation areas again accounted for 88% of the out-of-service violations.
The story is the same for drivers. The most common reason a driver was put out of service in both 2018 and 2019 was an hours-of-service violation. The next most common reasons were having the wrong class of license, having false logs, and having a suspended license. In 2018, these four violation areas accounted for 83.5% of the out-of-service violations and 81.7% in 2019.
International Roadcheck is seen as an annual snapshot of the industry, providing both enforcement and carriers with information on the state of the industry. If you look back to 1991 when it began, you will see that the out-of-service rates have dropped significantly over the long term. For reference, the vehicle out-of-service rate in 1991 was 35%. The driver out-of-service rate peaked in 1999, when it was over six percent. However, for the last several years, the industry has been stuck in a rut.
The big question is how do we get out of the rut we’re in? It might be easier than you think. We know the problem areas (vehicles — brakes, tires/wheels, cargo securement, and lights; drivers — hours of service and licensing), so designing mechanisms to guard against violations in these areas is what needs to be done. This could involve adjusting maintenance inspection schedules, changing driver training in the areas of logging and licensing, and tightening up driver qualification tracking.
By the way, your roadside data can provide you with the same insight the Roadcheck data is designed to provide. Look at your roadside inspection data and see where your problems are, both in terms of raw violation data and out-of-service violations. Then, design mechanisms to guard against those violations.
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