CVSA mobilizes annual Roadcheck June 8-10

NAS Level 1 inspections conducted at 1,500 locations nationwide

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is helping to mobilize thousands of roadside inspectors June 8-10, 2010 to send the safety message to commercial motor carriers and their employees:

“Be accountable to yourself, your employer, and those you are sharing the road with to help in making sure all of us get to our destinations safely.”

For 72 continuous hours, inspectors and law enforcement officers will be conducting the annual “Roadcheck,” an event sponsored by CVSA that mobilizes thousands of federal, state, provincial, and local inspectors to more than 1,500 locations across the continent to conduct North American Standard (NAS) Level I Inspections and other related roadside enforcement activities.

Stephen A Keppler, CVSA’s interim executive director, says each year, CVSA teams with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and other organizations, including the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, as well as the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico to crack down on non-compliant trucks, buses and drivers during our Roadcheck campaign..

In 2009, 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. Roadcheck 2009’s record total of overall inspections and Level I inspections showed declines in vehicle and driver OOS rates, as well as a drop in safety belt violations. Data show the highest overall vehicle compliance rate—80.4%—since 1996, and the highest overall driver compliance rate—95.7%—ever.

For NAS Level I inspections, the compliance rates of 77.8 % (vehicles) and 96.1% (drivers) were both records for Roadcheck, and represented 7.1% and 20.4% improvements respectively over 2008’s totals. In addition, safety belt violations were reduced in 2009 by 276 (1,246 to 970), a 22.2% improvement over 2008.

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