The results from this year’s International Roadcheck North America-wide inspection blitz have (finally!) been released. The blitz, you’ll remember, took place June 2-4. The good news is, both vehicle out-of-service and driver out-of-service rates hit an all-time low, since the CVSA began tracking the data in 1991.
The bad news is, there were still 21.6% of trucks placed out of service. So, some room for improvement to be sure, but we’re trending in the right direction. As far as the driver OOS rate is concerned, could the more widespread use of electronic logs be playing a role? I would speculate so.
Interestingly, at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s fall meeting last week, trucking industry analyst Kenny Vieth of ACT Research suggested that the impending electronic logging device (ELD) mandate will effectively wipe 2-5% of US capacity off the board, because there are still carriers out there that are unable to compete in a compliant world. That’s startling stuff, if true, and will be interesting to monitor.
You can find more on Kenny’s presentation here. And you can find a more detailed report on the Roadcheck results here.
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies