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CVSA expected to nab thousands of trucks for safety violations

Every June, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducts a safety inspection blitz throughout North America. The inspections are designed to underscore the importance of safety in truck operations - and to find dangerous trucks and out-of-compliance drivers and correct the problems.

During the blitz (to be conducted June 6 - 8), safety inspectors will fan out across the continent, performing Level 1 safety inspections of big rigs and buses. Level 1 is the most thorough type of inspection and includes inspections of brakes, tires and wheels, and log books. Last year, the International Roadcheck focused on brake violations. This year's Roadcheck will place a special emphasis on the proper securing of loads.

Improperly Secured Loads Are A Major Safety Problem

Cargo that is not properly secured can shift significantly during truck operations. This can make the vehicle unstable and pose a danger to the truck driver and other vehicles. A flyer published by CVSA notes that load securing violations can include: 

  • Failure to prevent shifting or loss of cargo
  • Failure to secure truck equipment such as tarps, dunnage, doors, tailgates, and spare tires
  • Damaged, loose or insufficient tie-downs

While conducting the International Roadcheck, CVSA has the power to order trucks off the road. During 2016's Roadcheck, CVSA conducted 62,796 inspections across North America. As a result, thousands of trucks were ordered out of service. The major equipment problems were:

Brake violations          45.7%

Tires and wheels         18.5%

Lighting devices          11.8%

Cargo securement        6.1%

All other violations       17.9%

All told, 21.5 percent of trucks inspected during the Roadcheck were issued out of service orders.

About 1,436 drivers (3.4% of those inspected) were ordered out of service, for these reasons:

Hours of service violations                 46.8%

False logs                                         16.4%

Drugs or alcohol                                 1.0%

All other violations                             35.8%

It's clear that the trucking industry must continue to focus on road safety and regulatory compliance issues. People who have been harmed as the result of negligence on the part of trucking companies, their drivers, or other parties should seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney.

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