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CVSA’s Roadcheck 2010 begins now

Inspections at more than 1,500 locations across the United States, Mexico and Canada

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), Arlington, VA, begins its annual Roadcheck event, today, June 8-10, at more than 1,500 locations across the United States, Mexico and Canada. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), state enforcement agencies, and other safety organizations are on hand to kick off the event at Fed Ex Field in Landover, MD.

Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world. The event mobilizes thousands of federal, state, provincial and local inspectors to conduct comprehensive North American Standard (NAS) Level I Inspections and other related roadside enforcement activities.

The majority of Roadcheck safety inspections are not performed at random. Inspectors target commercial vehicles and drivers for inspection based upon the safety record or previous inspection records of the motor carrier, the driver, or upon the observation skills of the trained inspectors.

Last year, 9,683 CVSA and FMCSA certified inspectors at 2,145 locations across North America performed a record 72,255 truck and bus inspections. Of that total, there were 56,486 NAS Level I inspections, the most comprehensive roadside inspection.

The Roadcheck 2009 record total of overall inspections and Level I inspections showed significant declines in vehicle and driver OOS rates, as well as a significant drop in safety belt violations. Data show the highest overall vehicle compliance rate — 80.4 percent — since 1996, and the highest overall driver compliance rate — 95.7 percent — ever. For NAS Level I inspections, the compliance rates of 77.8 percent (vehicles) and 96.1 percent (drivers) were both records for Roadcheck, and represented 7.1 and 20.4 percent improvements respectively over 2008′s totals

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