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75 Percent of Commercial Trucks Fail ODOT Inspection

Twelve drivers were placed out of service for violations such as logbook deficiencies or driving too many hours without rest breaks.

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Out of service trucks line the parking lot of the Cascade Locks Port of Entry.
Photo: ODOT

(CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. ) - More than 75 percent of commercial vehicles inspected by Oregon Department of Transportation Motor Carrier enforcement officers during a six-hour inspection blitz Wednesday morning were placed out of service with safety violations.

Officers completed 55 inspections during the half-day event at the Cascade Locks and Wyeth weigh stations along Interstate 84 in the Columbia Gorge; 42 vehicles (76 percent) were placed out of service for mechanical violations such as improper tire inflation, tire tread problems and other safety hazards.

Twelve drivers were placed out of service for violations such as logbook deficiencies or driving too many hours without rest breaks.

"The purpose of this enforcement blitz was to check vehicles for safety," said ODOT Field Motor Carrier Services Manager Ed Scrivner. "The event also served as a training opportunity for some of our newer inspectors. They were able to work hands on with our more experienced inspectors."

ODOT and its law enforcement partners conducted 59,064 commercial vehicle inspections in 2006.

"Inspections are one of our best tools for getting unsafe trucks and drivers off the road," said Scrivner. "Although the majority of trucks and drivers operating on Oregon's highways are safe and professional, these inspections are important in helping identify those that are not and vital in helping keep Oregonians safe."

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Hank Ruark May 19, 2007 10:36 am (Pacific time)

Bill et al: Easy answer: Demand record of cause for violation, publicly stated. Minor matter like 5-lb./off tire pressure, forced to show on record, soon brings change if media makes sure to inform public. SO seek Leg. fiat to demand public record in every press release showing actual violation level-and-cause.

Bill May 17, 2007 7:27 pm (Pacific time)

75% Out of Service Rate? That is very hard to believe, and is waaay higher than the national average. As you read, you find the trick to boost the numbers to nearly 100%: Tire inlfation. Every vehicle could be knocked off that way. What is proper? What the vehicle MFR says, the Tire Mfr? The tire adviser? Only Oregon knows for sure. Drivers out of hours, bad brakes, air leaks..pull em out of service. 30 lb of air instead of 105? Out of Service. 96 lb instead of 100, they are playing games. I believe in safety, but not insanity. Thanks. Bill

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