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Roadcheck 2010 results show record levels of compliance

Early results from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Roadcheck 2010 found that the commercial motor vehicle industry is close to the record low out-of-service rates set during 2009. Trucks are placed out of service when inspectors deem them to be in serious or repeat violation of federal safety standards. Low out-of-service rates mean that more trucks are complying with rules and regulations.

Roadcheck 2010 found that the overall vehicle compliance rate at 80 percent, down slightly down from 80.4 percent last year. Last year’s rate was the highest overall compliance rate since 1996. The overall driver compliance rate stood at 95.6 percent, the same rate as last year and the highest overall driver compliance rate ever.

The American Trucking Association (ATA) said that this year’s Roadcheck results provided evidence of the trucking industry’s “steadfast commitment to safety.”

Roadcheck 2010 took place for 72 consecutive hours beginning on June 8. During the intense 3-day inspection campaign, approximately 14 trucks were inspected every minute at 1,500 locations across the U.S. and Canada. Inspections are carried out by nearly 10,000 inspectors certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the CVSA.

The annual Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program for commercial vehicles in the world. 65,327 truck and bus inspections were recorded this year. Of that total, 48,970 were Level I inspections — the most comprehensive roadside inspection.

According to CVSA, hazardous materials inspections resulted in a vehicle compliance rate of 83.7 percent, up from 83 percent in 2009 and a driver compliance rate of 97.5 percent, up from 97 percent in 2009.