TABLE C-9 Roadside Truck Inspections: 1995-2006

TABLE C-9 Roadside Truck Inspections: 1995-2006

A roadside inspection is an examination of individual commercial motor vehicles and drivers to determine if they are in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations or Hazardous Materials Regulations. If a serious violation is detected, the driver is issued an out of service order. The violation must then be corrected before the driver or vehicle may return to service.

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  Trucks inspected Trucks taken out of service Percent of inspected trucks taken out of service
1995 1,840 417 23
1996 2,039 437 21
1997 2,148 439 20
1998 1,763 448 25
1999 1,862 453 24
2000 1,928 457 24
2001 2,072 486 23
2002 2,173 498 23
2003 2,165 495 23
2004 2,253 532 24
2005 2,202 514 23
2006 2,410 552 23

NOTES: Trucks are taken out of service (OOS) when inspectors find serious violations that warrant the issuance of a vehicle OOS order. There may be data inconsistencies across the 1995-2006 time series. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics obtained the data at different times (see Sources) and was unable to verify the consistency of the entire data series prior to publication.

SOURCES: 1995-1998-U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Motor Carrier Management Information System, available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ as of June 2003. 1999-2000-USDOT, FMCSA, personal communication, Aug. 11, 2003. 2001-2002- USDOT, FMCSA, Roadside Inspection Activity Summary by Inspection Type, available at http://ai.volpe.dot.gov/ as of March 2005. 2003-2006-USDOT, FMCSA, Roadside Inspection Activity Summary by Inspection Type, available at http://ai.volpe.dot.gov/ as of June 2007.