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Hours of service & improper logs lead violations for truckers
Matt Cole|October 20, 2016
Inspectors during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual 72-hour International Roadcheck campaign placed 21.5 percent of trucks inspected out of service, along with 3.4 percent of drivers, according to numbers released Oct. 20 by CVSA.
CVSA reported 9,080 trucks were placed out of service during the inspection blitz, while 1,436 drivers were placed out of service.
Hours of service violations and logbook violations led the driver-related out-of-service violations, while brake violations accounted for nearly half of the vehicle out-of-service orders issued during the week.
For drivers, hours-of-service accounted for 46.8 percent of out-of-service orders, and false logs accounted 16.4 percent. The two combined forced 908 drivers out out of service. Per CVSA, 1,436 total drivers that were placed out-of-service. Drivers shut down for drugs and alcohol were down from 2015’s Roadcheck numbers from 2.1 percent to 1 percent this year.
Brake violations led the way in vehicle out-of-service orders, accounting for 45.7 percent (or approximately 4,111 trucks) of all out-of-service orders issued during the three-day event held June 7-9. Other vehicle-related violations included tires and wheels (18.5 percent of OOS orders), lighting devices (11.8 percent) and cargo securement (6.1 percent). Suspensions, steering mechanisms, frames, driveshaft, coupling devices, fuel systems and exhaust systems each accounted for less 5 percent of OOS orders. To read more about common trucking violations for drivers, click here.