An annual inspection program called Roadcheck 2015 found that 21.7% of all of the commercial vehicles inspected needed to be pulled off of the road due to safety violations. The program, which is designed to enhance safety in commercial trucks, buses, and other vehicles, was conducted over a three-day period in early June. Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers, and civilian inspectors found that 1,710 of the 7,865 vehicles they inspected had one or more safety violations.
Most Common Safety Violations
The most common safety violations discovered during the inspections were issues with brakes and vehicle lighting.
In addition to inspecting vehicles, drivers were also checked to ensure they complied with federal and state commercial driving laws. Some drivers were placed out of service because they were unable to show a valid commercial driver’s license. Others were shown to be in violation of hours-of-service regulations.
In total, nearly 2,000 citations and 21,000 warnings were written.