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Roadcheck 2008 Shows Advances in Truck Fleet Safety

Roadcheck 2008 Shows Advances in Truck Fleet Safety


Tiffany Wlazlowski

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Arlington, Va. – The U.S. trucking industry showed improvement in truck safety, including a significant increase in the number of drivers who passed roadside safety inspections and were in compliance with driver work and rest rules, according to the results of the 2008 truck safety Roadcheck conducted throughout North America by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.


Figures also showed the highest percent of vehicles passing Level I safety inspections in two decades during the annual three-day safety enforcement event.


ATA President and CEO Bill Graves praised CVSA for a successful Roadcheck saying, “The numbers bear out that education and enforcement are having a positive impact on safety. ATA supports this annual safety inspection blitz and the removal of unsafe trucks from the road. We appreciate CVSA’s annual Roadcheck effort.”


This year’s figures show that the trucking industry continues to make progress in educating drivers about truck safety measures. Ninety-five percent of drivers inspected passed the safety inspection, representing a 14.5 percent improvement over 2007’s figures, as drivers continue to become more comfortable with and properly apply the hours-of-service rules that govern work and rest. In 2008, 96.2 percent of all drivers were in compliance with hours-of-service rules, compared with 95.1 percent a year earlier.


Similarly, the number of drivers in compliance with hazardous materials regulations increased to 97.6 percent from 96.5 percent in 2007.


The number of vehicles that passed the roadside inspections increased to 79.2 percent, compared with 78.5 percent a year earlier.  


ATA remains committed to working with its industry counterparts to educate drivers about all safety regulations, including driver work and rest rules, to ensure complete compliance.


The majority of Roadcheck safety inspections were not performed at random. Trucks and drivers were targeted for inspection based upon the safety record or previous inspection records of the motor carrier or the driver, or upon the observation skills of the trained inspectors. The inspectors use a computerized Inspection Selection System (ISS) by entering the vehicle, company and driver identifying information into the computer. The ISS then gives the inspector one of three results: “inspect,” “inspection optional” or “don’t inspect.”


ATA has supported CVSA’s annual Roadcheck since its inception and has worked cooperatively with CVSA to determine emphasis areas. Concentration in previous years has been on intermodal chassis, bulk cargo tanks, driver hours-of-service, cargo securement, security awareness and safety belt use.


The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.