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DPS Ready For Annual Commercial Vehicle Inspection Push

AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers, inspectors, and investigators will step up commercial vehicle inspections as part of this year’s International Roadcheck, a 72-hour enforcement effort designed to ensure commercial motor vehicles and drivers are in compliance with federal regulations and increase safety on roadways. This year’s Roadcheck runs today through Friday, Sept. 11.

“Enforcement initiatives like Roadcheck are an essential way to ensure our highways are safe for all travelers,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Ensuring commercial motor vehicles comply with safety regulations is a key component in keeping Texas roadways safe. Together, drivers of both commercial and passenger vehicles can do their part to drive safely and help reduce crashes on the roads.”

During International Roadcheck, officials will inspect commercial motor vehicles to identify critical inspection violations and violations to federal regulations. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is sponsoring the road check, and every year, CVSA selects a specific category to focus inspection efforts. This year, the emphasis will be on driver requirements.

According to data from the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), they conducted 3.36 million inspections in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in 2019. They discovered nearly 1 million driver violations of those inspections, with 199,722 of those driver violations resulting in out-of-service conditions.