Bad brakes, false logs were the most common offenses at traffic stops in 2022


Road inspectors took more than 12,000 commercial vehicles and nearly 4,000 commercial drivers out of service during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck. With a focus on wheels this year, CVSA-certified inspectors performed approximately 59,000 inspections during the three-day blitz.

The most common violations involving vehicles were related to braking systems, tires, faulty service brakes, lights and cargo securing. The bogus logs put more than 1,900 drivers out of service, and another 1,000 were cited for driving with the wrong class license. Hours of service, suspended license and no medical card round out the top five reasons for driver infractions.

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Out-of-service vehicle rates in the United States, Canada and Mexico hovered around 23%, according to CVSA results released Sept. 13. International traffic control from May 17 to 19 also recorded an off-duty driver rate of 6.4%. .

This year, CVSA focused on wheel ends. Tires were the second most common violation for out-of-service; the wheels were seventh. There were 3,374 tire violations, representing 18.5% of all out-of-service violations. Wheels were cited 784 times, accounting for 4.3% of infractions over the three days. Wheels accounted for 22.8% of violations in North America.

A commercial vehicle is taken out of service when an inspector finds critical violations of the vehicle (detailed in the North American Decommissioning Criteria of the North American Standard) during an inspection. Out-of-service drivers and vehicles may not operate for a period of time or until the violation is corrected.

Vehicles that pass Level I or Level V inspections are eligible for a CVSA sticker, which can be affixed to the vehicle and is valid for up to three months. During the road check in May, the inspectors distributed 14,200 decals, which show future inspectors that the truck had recently passed. Commercial vehicles had a 77.2% pass rate and 93.6% of drivers did not receive out-of-service violations.

US and Canadian inspectors conducted 36,555 Level I inspections; Mexican inspectors performed 1,150 Level V inspections, or 37,705 Level I and V inspections. They took 8,718 vehicles out of service, representing an out-of-service vehicle rate of 23.1% for North America. Of the 48,966 Level I and II inspections in Canada and the United States, 11,181 vehicles were taken out of service, representing an out-of-service rate of 22.8%. In addition, 3,118 drivers were taken out of service, representing an out-of-service driver rate of 6.4%.

More inspection statistics

From May 17 to 19, inspectors performed 58,287 North American Standard Inspections, consisting of:

  • 36,555 Level I Inspections: This 37-step process verifies driver credentials and operating requirements, as well as the vehicle’s mechanical condition and regulatory compliance.

  • 12,411 Level II Inspections: This inspection involves reviewing the driver’s qualifications and operating requirements and includes only those vehicle inspection items that can be inspected without the inspector physically getting under the vehicle .

  • 8,171 Level III Inspections: This is the inspection of driver credentials and operating requirements.

  • 1,150 Level V inspections: This inspection includes vehicle inspection items and can be performed at any location without a driver present.

Level I checks

Inspectors in Canada and the United States mainly perform the Level I inspection during the International Roadcheck. The 37-step process involves a thorough inspection of the vehicle and driver credentials.

  • Of the 36,555 Level I inspections performed in Canada and the United States, 23.7% of inspected vehicles (8,672) were removed from service and 6.1% (2,242) of drivers were removed from service.

  • In the United States, of the 33,196 Level I inspections performed, 7,912 commercial vehicles (23.8%) and 2,051 drivers (6.2%) were taken out of service.

  • In Canada, of the 3,359 Level I inspections performed, 760 commercial vehicles (22.6%) and 191 (5.7%) drivers were taken out of service.

Level V checks

Inspectors in Mexico have performed 1,150 Level V inspections. The Level V inspection includes each of the vehicle inspection items specified in the North American Level I Inspection Standard and can be performed without the presence of a driver. Thirty-six commercial vehicles were taken out of service, representing an out-of-service rate of 3.1%.


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