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TABLE 7-9 Activity Summary of Roadside Safety Inspection By Motor Carrier Inspection Type: 2000 and 2012

Thursday, April 9, 2015


  2000 2012
Number Percent Number Percent
All inspections        
Number of inspections 2,453,776 100.0 3,582,221 100.0
With no violations 639,593 26.1 1,395,748 39.0
With violations 1,814,183 73.9 2,186,473 61.0
Driver inspections        
Number of inspections 2,396,688 100.0 3,464,458 100.0
With no violations 1,459,538 60.9 2,463,117 71.1
With violations 937,150 39.1 1,001,341 28.9
With OOS violations 191,031 8.0 170,015 4.9
Vehicle inspections        
Number of inspections 1,908,300 100.0 2,442,853 100.0
With no violations 584,389 30.6 928,661 38.0
With violations 1,323,911 69.4 1,514,192 62.0
With OOS violations 452,850 23.7 491,541 20.1

KEY: OOS = out-of-service.

NOTES: There are six levels of inspection, including a Level I - North American Standard (NAS) Inspection, Level II - Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III - Driver-Only Inspection, Level IV - Special Inspections, Level V - Vehicle-Only Inspection, and Level VI - Enhanced NAS Inspection for Radioactive Shipments. For additional information on what each level entails, please see 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 and/or Hazardous Materials Regulations. Serious violations result in the issuance of driver or vehicle out-of-service orders. Serious violations include operating a vehicle in a hazardous condition, hazardous materials onboard, or lack of required operating authority. These violations must be corrected before the driver or vehicle can return to service. Moving violations also may be recorded in conjunction with a roadside inspection.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), Roadside Inspection Activity Summary for Fiscal Years, special tabulation, October 2013 as cited in USDOT, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Freight Facts and Figures 2013 (January 2014). Table 5-6. Available at as of July 2014.