AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) inspected 8,182 commercial motor vehicles as part of Roadcheck 2017, a national inspection initiative held annually aimed at enhancing commercial motor vehicle safety. The three-day inspection effort took place from June 6 – June 8, and included DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Troopers, specially trained Highway Patrol Troopers and civilian inspectors.
Approximately 23.6 percent (1,938) of the 18-wheelers, buses and other commercial vehicles inspected were placed out of service for a variety of safety violations until they make proper repairs. Issues with brakes and poor vehicle lighting were among the most common infractions that led to out-of-service violations.
Additionally, DPS checked drivers for compliance with state and federal laws, and they placed 225 drivers out of service. Among the violations were failing to have the proper type of driver license for the vehicle driven, improper logging of duty time, and driving over the maximum number of hours.
In all, DPS issued 1,994 citations and 22,346 warnings.
Sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Roadcheck is designed to help reduce commercial vehicle highway fatalities through increased vehicle and driver safety, education and law enforcement activities throughout North America.