Effective November 18, 2024, commercial vehicle drivers in a “prohibited” status in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will lose their commercial driving privileges unless they complete the return-to-duty (RTD) process.
Results from Operation See Driver in July and Brake Safety Week in August
While drivers of both cars and trucks are the target of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver program, commercial vehicle drivers received a majority of warnings and tickets/citations during the July 10-15 emphasis.
Of the 11,448 drivers stopped for unsafe driving behaviors, 4,494 drivers received tickets or citations and 5,756 were given warnings. Of those, 2,634 tickets/citations and 4,592 warnings were given to commercial motor vehicle drivers, while 1,860 tickets/citations and 1,164 warnings were issued to passenger vehicle drivers.
Speeding was the top infraction for all drivers. Commercial motor vehicle drivers received 1,594 warnings and 731 tickets/citations for speeding. Passenger vehicle drivers received 625 warnings and 1,293 citations/tickets for speed-related infractions. Combined, a total of 2,219 warnings and 2,024 citations/tickets were issued for speeding.
During Brake Safety Week Aug. 21-27, roughly one of every eight trucks inspected for brake-related violations was placed out of service by commercial vehicle inspectors. Out of 18,875 commercial trucks inspected, nearly 88% did not have any brake-related out-of-service violations. However, 2,375 (12.6%) were removed from roadways because inspectors discovered brake-related out-of-service violations.
Some examples of brake-related violations that automatically place the vehicle out of service are broken brake drums, loose air tanks, corroded holes in a spring brake housing, and inoperative tractor protection valves. Service brake violations, such as cracked linings, brake adjustment or loose chambers, may combine to put the combination of vehicles out of service under the 20% brake criterion. Certain service brake violations are automatically placed out of service when found on the steering axle.
Of the 2,375 commercial motor vehicles that were placed out of service, 295 (12.4%) had steering axle brake violations, 1,127 (47.5%) had stand-alone brake violations and 1,394 (58.7%) failed the 20% defective brakes criterion, which requires that a vehicle is out of service if the number of defective brakes is equal to or greater than 20% of the service brakes on the vehicle or combination.
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