|The 20th annual continent-wide Roadcheck, June 5-7, will focus on Level One truck inspections, the most comprehensive, as well as motor coach inspections and seat belt enforcement.Steve Keppler, director of policy and programs for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, said 10,000 inspectors are expected at 1,000 sites for 72 continuous hours.
The CVSA believes itâ€™s time to increase seat belt enforcement. â€œWe did a lot of outreach on seat belts the past two years,â€ Keppler said.
During last yearâ€™s Roadcheck, 59 percent of all truckers were found to be wearing seat belts.
Nearly all Canadian provinces and U.S. states participate in Roadcheck as their budgets allow, Keppler said. He did not know whether any U.S. states would not participate this year.
Most years Mexico participates as well, and CVSA expects to hear soon whether itâ€™s in for 2006, Keppler said. CVSA has not received last yearâ€™s data from Mexico, so these â€™06 numbers reflect only American and Canadian results.
During the 2006 Roadcheck, 8,522 inspectors at 1,850 locations across North America performed a near-record 60,357 truck and bus inspections. The number of vehicles placed out of service and â€œparkedâ€ because of serious defects decreased in 2006 in all major categories.
All vehicles: 21.7 percent in 2006, down from 22.5 percent in 2005.
Buses: 6.9 percent in 2006, down from 11.7 percent in 2005.
Hazmat trucks: 18.2 percent in 2006, down from 19.3 percent in 2005.A record number of CVSA decals, 30,950, were issued to vehicles passing inspection with no defects in 13 critical areas.
The number of drivers placed out of service, however, increased from 4.4 percent in 2005 to 5.6 percent in 2006. â€œLast year there was more emphasis on driver behavior, and it had impact on the numbers,â€ Keppler said.
Roadcheckâ€™s purpose is take unsafe drivers and vehicles off the road, increase awareness of inspections and their function, educate drivers about maintenance and gather data.