Roadcheck finds driver OOS on increase

About 3,800 drivers were placed out of service (OOS) in the 2007 North America Roadcheck, an increase of 6.2 percent from the year before, according to information from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

CVSA said inspectors inspected 62,370 vehicles at locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico in the annual event June 5-7.

The number of safety belt violations was down significantly this year, from 1,223 in 2006 to 829 in 2007. Safety belts were one of the focus areas during this year’s event.

Driver results for the vehicle types were:

•All vehicles: 93.8 percent of drivers passed the inspection, and 6.2 percent were placed out of service (5.6 percent were out of service in 2006).

•Hazardous materials, 96.5 percent of drivers passed the inspection, and 3.5 percent were placed out of service (3.0 percent were out of service in 2006).

In the vehicle OOS defects, brakes continue to lead the list comprising 54.0 percent of the total vehicle defects, which was lower than the 56.6 percent in 2006.

The vehicle-related OOS defects this year saw increases in the distribution of lighting (11.6 percent in 2006 to 14.1 percent in 2007), load securement (8.6 percent to 10.4 percent) and tires/wheels (8.7 percent to 9.1 percent).

Vehicle results included:

•All vehicles: 78.5 percent of vehicles passed the inspection, and 21.5 percent were placed out of service (21.7 percent were out of service in 2006).

•Hazardous materials, 82.3 percent of vehicles passed the inspection, and 17.7 percent were placed out of service (18.2 percent were out of service in 2006).

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