The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance reported the results of over 13,000 roadside inspections of vehicles transporting hazardous materials in the U.S., Canada and Mexico during the Alliance’s unannounced Hazmat Road Blitz June 21-25, 2021. Approximately 4 million commercial motor vehicle inspections are conducted every year throughout North America to ensure the large trucks and buses driving on our roadways are operating safely. Specially trained inspectors in each state, jurisdiction, territory and province inspect commercial motor vehicles based on inspection procedures and criteria created by CVSA, known as the North American Standard Inspection Program.
There are eight levels of inspections ranging from the Level I Inspection, which evaluates both the driver and vehicle, to inspection levels with a more specific area of focus, such as Level VI for radioactive materials and Level VIII for electronic inspections. The North American Standard Level I, Level V and Level VI are the only inspections that may result in issuance of a CVSA decal placed on the vehicle. Passed Level VI Inspections result in issuance of a special Level VI CVSA decal. To qualify for a CVSA decal, a vehicle must not have any critical violations according to the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria. Inspections must be performed by North American Standard Level I, Level V or Level VI certified inspectors. The term “certified” means the government employee performing inspections and/or affixing CVSA decals must have successfully completed a training program approved by CVSA.
Over these five days, inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. inspected 13,471 vehicles transporting hazardous materials and identified 2,714 violations. These included:
- 496 shipping papers violations
- 628 non-bulk/small packaging violations
- 390 placarding violations
- 277 non-bulk labeling violations
- 167 other safety marks violations
- 288 loading and securement violations
- 50 integrity (leaking) violations
- 63 Training Certificate violations (Canada only)