TABLE 2-3-2 - Roadside Truck Inspections: 1998-2008

TABLE 2-3-2 - Roadside Truck Inspections: 1998-2008

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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.

Thousands

  Trucks inspected Trucks taken out of service Inspected trucks taken out of service (percent)
1998 1,763 448 25.4
1999 1,862 453 24.3
2000 1,928 457 23.7
2001 2,072 486 23.5
2002 2,173 498 22.9
2003 2,165 495 22.8
2004 2,253 532 23.6
2005 2,970 676 22.8
2006 3,194 735 23.0
2007 3,274 717 21.9
2008 3,340 706 21.1

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 1998-2006 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: 19992000: U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), personal communication, Aug. 11, 2003; 20012008: USDOT, FMCSA, Roadside Inspection Activity Summary by Inspection Type, available at http://ai.volpe.dot.gov/siteguide/data.asp as of October 2009.