“Concern” After Rhode Island Releases CVSA’s Inspection Blitz Results
Providence, Rhode Island – Results from this week’s International Roadcheck inspection blitz, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), are beginning to come in, and some are already calling the figures a “concern.”
Rhode Island State Police (RISP) was among the first to release its initial results and the data revealed more than 25% of the trucks inspected were placed out-of-service (OOS).
Inspections were conducted Tuesday thru Thursday off Route 95 in Richmond and Route 146, North Smithfield, according to RISP.
Officials inspected a total of 416 commercial vehicles and placed 117 OOS after finding 696 vehicle violations and 136 driver violations, RISP said.
Inspectors placed 89 vehicles OOS for “major defects, such as under-inflated tires, inoperable turn signals or brake lights, or air brakes out of adjustment,” according to RISP.
Twenty-eight drivers were taken off the road for violations ranging from “driving too many hours without taking the required number of breaks, not maintaining proper log books and records to not having a medical card as required.”
Forty-six drivers were cited for failing to stop for the inspections.
In a release, Colonel James M. Manni, superintendent of RISP and director of the Department of Public Safety, didn’t pull any punches.
“We hope this enforcement effort sends a strong message to the owners and operators of commercial vehicles, reminding them of their obligation to comply with state and federal regulations in order to ensure the safety of everyone on our roadways,” he said.
In response, Christopher Maxwell, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Trucking Association, released a statement saying, “One violation is one too many and the statistics released are of concern; however, they do not reflect the core safety values of our association or the trucking industry.”
Maxwell described CVSA’s International Roadcheck as “intense scrutiny,” and commended the carriers and drivers who “passed inspections unencumbered.”
The Rhode Island inspections were conducted by the state police Commercial Enforcement Unit, along with safety inspectors from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and police officers from the North Kingstown, Smithfield, West Warwick, Providence and Johnston police departments.
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