Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, in conjunction with the FMCSA, runs a Roadcheck vehicle inspection program. This year over the course of three days, over 70,000 drivers and vehicles were inspected. According to the CVSA, 2014’s Roadcheck inspection in June produced these statistics:
“All inspections that included vehicles: 81.3 percent of vehicles had no OOS violations, and 18.7 percent were placed Out of Service (20.6 percent were Out of Service in 2013). Level I inspections: 77.0 percent of vehicles had no OOS violations, and 23.0 percent were placed Out of Service (24.1 percent were Out of Service in 2013). HazMat inspections: 84.0 percent of vehicles carrying HM had no OOS violations, and 16.0 percent were placed Out of Service (16.5 percent were Out of Service in 2013).” – CVSA.org
Vehicle maintenance is only 1 of the 7 BASICs, but maintenance violations carry some of the heaviest consequences and are responsible for a significant number of avoidable Out of Service orders. In fact, vehicle maintenance violations can easily seep into other categories. For example, of the nearly 6,000 vehicles inspected for hazmat in the statistics above, over 900 were placed OOS for vehicle violations!
A grounded fleet can be disastrous for companies and drivers alike. Fortunately, maintenance violations can be easily caught and fixed with regular pre and post trip inspections performed by properly trained drivers. That’s where we can help.
Let our veteran safety instructor show your drivers a proven and thorough method to spot maintenance defects to help avoid accidents and violations and keep your CSA scores low.
Preparation today will save lives, efficiency, and money tomorrow.