DPS Inspects Commercial Vehicles, Checks Drivers During International Roadcheck 2021

August 18, 2021

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) inspected 6,288 commercial motor vehicles as part of International Roadcheck 2021, a national inspection initiative that’s held annually and aimed at enhancing commercial motor vehicle safety. The three-day inspection effort included DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Troopers, specially trained Highway Patrol Troopers, civilian inspectors, compliance review investigators and local partner agencies.

During that time, DPS issued 1,228 citations and 18,566 warnings and placed 1,628 buses, 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles — approximately 26% — out-of-service for safety violations until the appropriate repairs could be made. The most common infractions included problems with brakes and defective tires.

Drivers were also checked for compliance with state and federal laws, and 277 drivers were placed out-of-service. Among the violations were failing to have the proper type of driver license for the vehicle being driven and violations of hours-of-service requirements.

Sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, International Roadcheck is designed to help reduce commercial vehicle highway fatalities through increased vehicle and driver safety, education and law enforcement activities throughout North America. The 2021 event occurred May 4-6.

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