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Drivers struggled with hours-of-service compliance during June CVSA Roadcheck


Despite publicizing that hours-of-service (HOS) violations would be the focus of this year’s International Roadcheck, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual June event resulted in 43.7% of all drivers placed out of service done so because of HOS violations.

The event, held June 5-7 this year, was the first since the hard enforcement date of the electronic logging device (ELD) rule went into effect. CVSA noted that while so many drivers placed out of service were because of HOS violations, these violations affected less than 2% of the total drivers inspected.

Of the North American Standard (NAS) Level I Inspections conducted, 21.6% of commercial motor vehicles were placed out of service. Of all NAS Level I, II and III Inspections, 3.9% of drivers inspected were placed out of service. In all, inspectors conducted 67,502 roadside inspections during the three-day blitz.

CVSA noted that there 3,035 driver out-of-service conditions observed and 15,981 vehicle out-of-service conditions. For drivers, the most common OOS was hours-of-service violations were for HOS violations, wrong class license (21.4%) and false Record of Duty status (10.1%). There were 729 safety belt violations as well.

Of the drivers operating vehicles carrying HM/DG who were inspected, 1.7% were placed out of service for driver violations.

Vehicles were most commonly placed out of service for brake system violations (28.4%), tires and wheels (19.1%) and brake adjustment violations (16.3%). Vehicles hauling hazardous materials or dangerous goods were placed out of service at a rate of 13.1%. Improper loading was the top violation for this group with 25.6% of vehicles being cited.  

 A breakdown of all the violations. ( Graphic: CVSA )
A breakdown of all the violations. ( Graphic: CVSA )

Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected]