Numbers from the 2018 CVSA Roadcheck are now starting to come in. They are not too bad, but they aren’t great either. Now it is up to the trucking industry to do something with the data. They need to understand what inspectors found and what they can do to improve before 2019’s Roadcheck.
The 2018 Roadcheck, which took place over three days in early June, focused primarily on compliance with new hours-of-service regulations. But inspectors were still obligated to take a look at trucks too. They inspected tractors and trailers for safety issues ranging from brake wear to tire condition and working lights. They also checked cargo to make sure it was properly secured.
The good news is that cargo control issues were not as prominent this year as they were in 2017. The bad news is that a larger percentage of trucks were placed out of service in 2018. This is something the industry definitely needs to work on.
2018 Roadcheck by the Numbers
CDL Life reports that 2018’s Roadcheck resulted in 21% of the inspected vehicles being placed out of service. The number in 2017 was just over 19%. Although a one percentage point increase is certainly not the end of the world, no increase is good when it comes to trucks and drivers not in compliance.
Here are some other numbers from the 2018 Roadcheck:
- Inspectors looked at more than 67,500 vehicles over 72 hours
- Nearly 11,900 vehicles and 2,665 drivers were placed out of service
- Hours-of-service violations accounted for 43.7% of all cited violations
- The most prevalent issues with vehicles involved brake systems and tires
- The most prevalent issues with drivers involved hours-of-service, license class, and records of duty.
The encouraging news from this year’s Roadcheck is that cargo control issues were not a serious concern. That may be due to the heavy emphasis on cargo control in 2017. Leading up to last year’s Roadcheck, companies throughout the trucking and logistics sectors offered free training to drivers in order to get them up to speed before inspections began in earnest. Perhaps that training carried over into this year.
It’s All about Safety
The annual CVSA Roadcheck isn’t about harassing truck drivers or making life miserable for their employers. It is about safety. Cargo control is about safety as well, according to Ohio-based Mytee Products. The cargo control equipment they provide is used by owner-operators and motor carriers across the country to keep cargo safe and secure throughout transit.
The thing about cargo control is that it’s not hard to implement if you have the right tools and the necessary knowledge. Yes, it does take truck drivers a bit of time to tie down their loads with chains or straps. But their loads are also worth more money due to the need for extra cargo control measures. So in the end, it’s a wash.
Drivers who did not fare well during this year’s Roadcheck had a chance to redeem themselves, thanks to another CVSA inspection event: the annual Brake Safety Week held the week of September 16-22. Inspections focusing on commercial vehicle brakes are intended as a reminder to drivers and motor carriers of the need to have safe, working braking systems at all times.
With the numbers from the 2018 Roadcheck now coming in, it is apparent that there is still plenty of work to do within the trucking industry. Between hours-of-service regulations, equipment safety, and cargo control, drivers and carriers can make the industry even safer. Doing so will make the roads safer as well.