Texas public safety officials said on Aug. 18 that an inspection of 6,288 commercial motor vehicles in the state resulted in more than 1,000 citations, over 18,500 warnings and more than 1,600 vehicles taken out of service for safety violations.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) inspected 6,288 commercial motor vehicles as part of International Roadcheck 2021, a national inspection initiative that’s held annually and aimed at enhancing commercial motor vehicle safety.
DPS issued 1,228 citations and 18,566 warnings and placed 1,628 buses, 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles — approximately 26% — out of service for safety violations until the appropriate repairs could be made. The most common infractions included problems with brakes and defective tires.
Drivers were also checked for compliance with state and federal laws, and 277 drivers were placed out-of-service. Among the violations were failing to have the proper type of driver license for the vehicle being driven and violations of hours of service requirements.
The three-day inspection effort included DPS commercial vehicle enforcement troopers, specially trained highway patrol troopers, civilian inspectors, compliance review investigators and local partner agencies.
Sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), International Roadcheck is designed to help reduce commercial vehicle highway fatalities through increased vehicle and driver safety, education and law enforcement activities throughout North America.
CVSA said more than 40,000 commercial motor vehicle inspections were conducted nationally during International Roadcheck 2021. Approximately 83.5% of the commercial motor vehicles examined had no out-of-service (OOS) violations. Nationally, inspectors removed 6,710 commercial motor vehicles and 2,080 drivers from roadways — a 16.5% vehicle and 5.3% driver out of service rate — over that three-day period.
The 2021 event occurred May 4-6.
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