OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is calling on the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) to include screen – or triage – inspections in its data.
A screen or triage inspection is a quick inspection, or weigh station drive-through, to ensure the truck and driver are in compliance and safe to continue down the road. Currently they are not counted as inspections, which the CTA contends does not paint a true picture of industry safety performance. It also prevents a carrier from benefiting from having a safe operation as those inspections do not count towards its carrier profile as a passed inspection.
In a submission to the CVSA, the Alliance provided an example of a carrier whose trucks operate along a major highway and has about 100 trucks a day pass by a truck inspection station. Of those 100, 98 are screened/triaged and then sent on their way while only two are subjected to further inspection. If one of those two trucks has defects and is placed out-of-service, the CVSA will record an out-of-service rate of 50% for that carrier even though the CTA contends the OOS rate should be 1%, since 99 out of 100 of that carrier’s trucks were deemed safe and sent down the road.
It is estimated 96% of trucks that are screened are send on their way with no documentation or recording of the event.
The CVSA on the other hand, has expressed that a triage inspection is just a quick glance and no more credit should be given.
“CTA acknowledges importance of the screen/triage inspections in keeping the flow of truck traffic moving through the inspection stations,” the Alliance wrote. “The more formal CVSA inspections require an estimated 15-20 minutes to generate an inspection report, so drivers and carriers would not support a protocol that would have their trucks sitting for longer periods of time simply to generate a piece of paper. The Alliance is not calling for the end of screen/triage inspections – they work; they are just not recorded – but contends there has to be a way to efficiently collect the information on screen/triage inspections while still maintaining efficient flow of commercial vehicles through the inspection process.”
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