Canadian RoadCheck numbers slide despite overall improvement

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REGINA, Sask. — RoadCheck 2001 saw more than 42,795 trucks and buses inspected between June 5 and 7 by 10,610 personnel in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico — 76 per cent of rigs checked passed.

Overall, this marked a continent-wide improvement from the 26.2 per cent that failed the inspection in 2000, which equates to a swing of 8.4 per cent to the good.

In Canada, the total number of vehicles placed Out-of-Service crept up to 23.5 per cent during the random blitz — that’s up from the mark of 23 per cent set during the two previous years’ inspections.

Again brake-related issues topped the list of problems with 59 per cent of the defects reported in Canada attributed to the much-maligned component. Seven per cent of the trucks inspected had “brakes out of adjustment,” while six per cent had issues with their braking system.

Many experts argue these numbers shouldn’t be broken out separately since the advent of automatic slack adjusters. They say that a truck equipped with properly installed auto slacks doesn’t have its brakes go out of adjustment — this is actually a warning sign of defective componentry.

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