2023 International Roadcheck Results: What We Learned

2023 CVSA Roadcheck Blitz Results

Did you know that over 115,000 violations were identified in CVSA’s international roadcheck blitz in May 2023?

There were 59,429 commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) inspected in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 72-hour International Roadcheck blitz in May.

The U.S. saw 15,932 vehicle, 5,020 driver and 205 Hazmat out-of-service violations.

Let’s break this down.

Vehicle violations

CVSA-certified inspectors discovered at least one out-of-service violation on 19% of the vehicles inspected, removing over 11,000 CMVs from roadways until the OOS violations were corrected.

Each year, there is also a special category focus. This year’s CVSA Roadcheck focused on anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and cargo securement.

There were 2,975 cargo securement violations, which are an OOS violation, and 4,127 ABS violations, which are not an OOS violation.

Inspectors also checked CMVs carrying Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods (HM/DG) to ensure they were being transported safely and compliant with federal regulations.

Inspectors discovered 236 HM/DG-related out-of-service violations out of the 2,853 HM/DG inspections that were performed.

Top Five Vehicle OOS Violations – North America
Vehicle Violation Category# of OOS Vehicle Violations% of OOS Vehicle Violations
1Brake Systems4,41225.2%
2Tires3,36819.3%
3Defective Service Brakes2,46814.1%
4Cargo Securement2,17112.4%
5Lights2,01511.5%

Driver violations

CVSA inspectors removed 5.5% (3,256) of the CMV drivers from the roads for having at least one out-of-service driver violation. Those drivers were restricted from commercial travel until their OOS violations were addressed. There were 5,280 driver out-of-service violations in total.

The top driver OOS violations were HOS, False logs, and Canceled/Revoked License making up 75% of all driver OOS violations.

Additionally, there were a total of 949 safety belt violations, meaning 1.6% of CMV drivers inspected were not wearing their safety belt!

Top Five Driver OOS Violations – North America
Driver Violation Category# of OOS Driver Violations% of OOS Driver Violations
1Hours of Service2,16941.1%
2False Logs1,39226.4%
3Other4879.2%
4Canceled/Revoked License4167.9%
5No Medical Card2414.6%

DOT Audit or DOT Compliance Review

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Safety Rating Upgrade is the process of correcting your Conditional or Unsatisfactory Safety Rating by literally upgrading your rating back to Satisfactory.

Our DOT Safety Rating Specialists can help if your DOT Safety Rating was downgraded from Satisfactory/Non-Rated to Unsatisfactory or Conditional.

We will do everything we can to get you upgraded, but also suggest our DOT Compliance Programs to stay in good standing with the FMCSA.

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