DPS to take part in national commercial vehicle inspection effort

As part of a national effort dubbed Roadcheck 2016, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, inspectors and investigators will intensify inspections of commercial vehicles Tuesday through Thursday.

The annual enforcement effort is to increase motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security. According to a DPS press release, troopers will be on the lookout for commercial vehicles, including buses, with serious equipment violations and drivers who are not in compliance with state and federal requirements.

In addition to the Roadcheck effort, DPS carries out periodic additional enforcement efforts in targeted areas with high volume of truck and bus traffic.

Specially-trained troopers and civilians will inspect commercial vehicles for equipment violations including brakes, tires, lights and loading standards. Drivers licenses and log books will be checked as well. Additionally, troopers will watch for aggressive, distracted, fatigued and impaired drivers, which they attribute as the cause of most commercial vehicle crashes.

In the 2015 effort, DPS and other law enforcement agencies who participated in Roadcheck inspected 7,865 commercial vehicles and found that approximately 22 percent of the vehicles had serious violations that required them to place the vehicles out of service until repairs could be made. Two-hundred and twelve drivers were also placed out of service for violations that included driving more than the maximum hours allowed and failing to have proper licensing for the vehicles they were driving.

According to the effort’s sponsor, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association, Roadcheck inspections occur on 17 trucks or buses on average in Canada, the United States and Mexico and a 72-hour period.

For more information about the program, go to cvsa.org/programs/int_roadcheck.php.