Nearly one out of five commercial motor vehicles were placed out of service during the International Roadcheck commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative, conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance last May. During the three-day initiative, CVSA-certified inspectors conducted 59,026 inspections and placed 12,456 commercial motor vehicles and 3,714 commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service.
A commercial motor vehicle is placed out of service when an inspector finds critical vehicle inspection out-of-service violations, which are outlined in CVSA’s North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, during a roadside inspection. Being placed out of service means the driver or vehicle is prohibited from operation for a specified period or until the violation is corrected.
The results of the inspection are illuminating because the violations provide a roadmap for drivers to understand what problems they may face during a roadside inspection. Many of these violations could be avoid during a thorough pre-trip inspection.