BETHESDA, Md. — North American inspectors placed 17.9% of vehicles out of service during this year’s Roadcheck inspection blitz from June 4-6, accounting for 12,109 vehicles overall.
They also cited 2,784 individuals for driver-related violations, representing a 4.2% out-of-service rate.
The annual 72-hour blitz coordinated by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) featured 7,014 Level 1, 2 and 3 inspections in Canada, representing a 19.9% out-of-service rate on this side of the border. The 60,058 inspections completed in the U.S. represented a 17.7% out-of-service rate there. Of the 45,568 Level 1 inspections that were conducted overall, 21.5% were placed out of service.
In terms of driver-related violations, 2% of inspected drivers were placed out of service in Canada, while 4.4% were parked in the U.S.
Steering components and suspension systems were a particular focus during this year’s Roadcheck. Inspectors identified 408 steering violations, representing 2.5% of all vehicle violations, and 703 issues with suspension systems, accounting for 4.3% of overall vehicle violations.
Braking systems remain the top source of vehicle-related out-of-service violations, representing 28% of the issues. Tires and wheels followed at 19.3%, and brake adjustment rounded out the top 3 at 17.1%.
Hours of service issues topped the driver-related violations, representing 37.2% of the total.
Inspectors placed 18.4% of vehicles carrying dangerous goods out of service, compared to a rate of 13.2% in the U.S. Driver-related out-of-service rates were a respective 2.9% and 1.2% for the two jurisdictions.