On the Road to Safety

By: Bubbajunk.com

The 3 day Roadcheck sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has finally concluded and it has released a satisfactory report showing high compliance levels.

Basing on the data supplied by the CVSA, it is clear that only 4.4% of the drivers stopped during the three-day inspection marathon early this June were placed out of service by inspectors due to violations of rules.

According to American Trucking Associations, figures show the overall vehicle compliance rate is at 80%, a little bit down compared to 80.4% last year, with an overall driver compliance rate of 95.6%, which remained unchanged from 2009.

Results from the CVSA Roadcheck 2010 showed that inspections of passenger-carrying vehicles resulted in a 2.5 increase in vehicle compliance rate having 91.0% in 2010 vs. 88.5% in 2009. Its driver compliance rate in 2010 remained unchanged from last year's 96.4 %.

They have also seen a compliance rate increase on Hazardous materials during the inspection. Hazmat inspections resulted in a vehicle compliance rate of 83.7 % for the year 2010, comparing it against 83.0 % in 2009, we'll see that there's a 0.7% increase. Its driver compliance rate this year is 0.5% higher than 2009, garnering 97.5% against last year's 97.0 %. Around 26,605 CVSA decals were issued to vehicles that passed the inspection this year (last year around 29,972 was issued).

The good news on Roadcheck 2010 was great follow up on the report made by the Department of Transportation earlier this year reporting that the rate of truck-involved fatal accidents fell to the lowest level in history during 2008. DOT's most recent data show that the fatality rate dropped in four consecutive years and is now the lowest since DOT started collecting the data in 1975.

Perhaps the most disappointing news on the recent Roadcheck statistic was that CVSA inspectors caught more seat belt violations this year than during 2009. Despite evidences from the data which clearly show the value of seat belts in lessening deaths and serious fatalities in highway crashes, still, many drivers continue to drive with unhooked belt. Apparently in the mistaken notion that they won't be trapped and will be able to escape their cabs in a crash better if they arenÂâ€Ã¢„¢t buckled in.

There is a dire need to do a better job in educating drivers on seat belt use, and also a need to continue to support a rule mandating top truck speeds of 65 mph as another major safety improvement.

It is good to know that we are making a remarkable progress in improving highway safety. We need to acknowledge our successes and keep up the good work.

Stephen Keppler, CVSAÂâ€Ã¢„¢s interim executive director said that the results showed that despite the recessionÂâ€Ã¢„¢s impact on both trucking and commercial vehicle safety inspectors at the local government level, safety benchmarks are holding.

Roadcheck sponsors other than the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance were the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Transport Canada, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, and MexicoÂâ€Ã¢„¢s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation.