A story out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
that might get you to think twice about putting off proper maintenance for your fleet vehicles:
On April 7th of this year,
Pennsylvania state police placed nearly 250 commercial trucks out of
service during a one-day enforcement effort on rural roads and highways
off the interstate.
Conducted by members of the state’s police motor
carrier enforcement teams, the initiative aptly named C.R.A.S.H. (The
Commercial Motor Vehicle Commonwealth Rural Roads and State Highways
detail) was carried out as a way to combat recent statistics that
revealed more than 50 percent of commercial motor vehicle accidents and
fatalities take place in rural areas and highways located off of major
Of the 1,258 commercial vehicles inspected, 243
vehicles were taken out of service, 791 traffic citations were issued
and 1,917 warnings for vehicle and driver violations were written.
As you know, state safety inspections involve more than just kicking the tires and checking under the hood.
Look at your states DOT website to see if they provide a checklist for their safety inspection.
It could save you a lot of headaches down the road.
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