Breaking down CVSA’s Roadcheck 2019 results

September 3, 2019

Land Line Staff


Numbers from Roadcheck 2019 are in.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducted its annual enforcement campaign from June 4-6 in participating jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada. During those three days, 12,019 vehicles were removed from roadways due to critical vehicle inspection item violations and 2,784 drivers were placed out of service for driver-related violations, according to a news release issued by the Alliance.

There were 67,072 inspections conducted during the campaign, resulting in 16,347 out-of-service vehicle conditions.

CVSA says that’s a 17.9% overall vehicle out-of-service rate and a 4.2% driver out-of-service rate. Those numbers represent a decline in the percentage of vehicles placed out of service and an increase in driver out-of-service orders over the 2018 campaign.

According to CVSA:

  • 45,568 Level I Inspections were conducted; 21.5% (9,817) of those inspected vehicles were placed out of service.
  • There were 60,058 Level I, II and III inspections conducted in the U.S.
  • There were 7,014 Level I, II and III Inspections conducted in Canada.
  • The total vehicle out-of-service rate in the U.S. was 17.7%.
  • The total vehicle out-of-service rate in Canada was 19.9%.
  • 4.4% of drivers inspected in the U.S. were placed out of service.
  • 2% of drivers inspected in Canada were placed out of service.

Focus on steering and suspension

Law enforcement paid special attention to steering and suspension systems during this year’s Roadcheck. Inspectors identified 408 steering (2.5% of all out-of-service vehicle violations) and 703 suspension (4.3% of all out-of-service vehicle violations) out-of-service vehicle conditions during the enforcement campaign.

Hours of service the top driver violation

Hours of service was the number one cause of driver out-of-service conditions. Of the 67,072 total inspections conducted, CVSA says inspectors found 3,173 out-of-service driver conditions. Hours of service accounted for 1,179 of violations.

Seatbelt violations

Inspectors discovered 748 seat belt violations. According to FMCSA’s latest Seat Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Survey, the overall safety belt use rate for drivers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks and motorcoaches was 86% in 2016.

Hazardous materials results

CVSA says 3,851 commercial motor vehicles transporting hazardous materials/dangerous goods were inspected during International Roadcheck. Inspections of HM/DG include, in addition to the standard Level I vehicle and driver items, checking for compliance of shipping papers, placarding, marking, labeling, packaging and loading.

  • There were 527 HM/DG vehicles with out-of-service conditions, which is a 13.7% out-of-service rate for HM/DG vehicles.
  • There were 52 HM/DG drivers placed out-of-service; that’s a 1.4% out-of-service rate for HM/DG drivers.
  • 13.2% of HM-carrying vehicles inspected in the U.S. were placed out of service.
  • 18.4% of DG-carrying vehicles inspected in Canada were placed out of service.
  • In the U.S., 1.2% of drivers transporting hazardous materials were placed out of service.
  • In Canada, 2.9% of drivers transporting dangerous goods were placed out of service.

More information about Roadcheck 2019 results can be found at CVSA’s website.