Carriers Put Emphasis on Safety
Agencies that oversee the trucking industry are cracking down on drivers and carriers that are violating laws that set limits on haul sizes, driving hours and others requirements placed on the trucking sector.
An annual three-day truck inspection blitz will be held this summer as truck regulators across the country crack down on unsafe drivers and carriers.
“The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Roadcheck is June 3 through June 5, when approximately 10,000 truck inspectors will fan-out to 1,500 locations across North America,’ reports TruckingInfo.com. “It is one of a series of activities that occur year round whereby CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.”
The trucking industry’s safety record is rising, due in large part to the crackdown on unsafe drivers and carriers.
“CVSA sponsors Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico,” TruckingInfo.com added.
“Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered over 1 million, resulting in more than 220 lives saved and 4,045 injuries avoided, according to CVSA.”
An increase in inspections is good for the safety of truck drivers and other motorists on the road. it also means today’s drivers and carriers must be especially aware of trucking laws and regulations.
This safety blitz will “also provided for the distribution of countless pieces of educational literature and safety events to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program,” TruckingInfo.com reports. “During last year’s road check more than 73,000 truck and bus inspections were conducted. Of those inspections, a total of 47,771 were North American Standard Level I inspections, the most comprehensive roadside inspection, in which vehicles and drivers are assessed for violations of federal, state or Canadian provincial safety regulations.”
TruckingInfo.com also reports that nearly a quarter of drivers inspected last year were found to be in violation of some law or regulation. “Other inspections conducted were vehicle-only or driver-only inspections. Of Level I inspections conducted in Canada and the U.S., 24.1 percent were found with out-of-service violations. There were a total of 71,630 driver inspections, including those conducted during Level I inspections, from which 4.3 percent were found with out-of service violations.”
It’s more important than ever for today’s truck drivers to have a firm understanding of the rules and regulations of the road. Carriers know that untrained or unaware drivers may end up costing the company money in the long run.
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