Heads up. The largest targeted commercial vehicle enforcement program is back again. From June 5th – 7th, CVSA inspectors will be out in droves conducting North American Standard Level I Inspections at checkpoints across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
If a critical violation is found, inspectors may place you out of service.
Learn what to expect during this 72-hour International Roadcheck to ensure you and your vehicle are ready for inspection.
Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations have always been a hot topic amongst truck drivers and carriers. Since recent ELD implementation, demands for change to the current HOS regulations have only increased.
But law enforcement is not backing down.
According to the CVSA, thirty-two percent of all drivers who were placed out of service during the 2017 International Roadcheck had violated HOS regulations.
This year, HOS compliance is the main focus for inspectors.
Remember, simply having a functioning ELD is not enough for you to pass inspection. To verify HOS compliance, make sure you have all your supporting documents ready and available for inspection. The more familiar you are with your ELD device, the quicker your inspection will go.
What Else to Expect from International Roadcheck 2018
There will be more roadside inspections during this 72-hour period than any other time all year. And, while there will be an average of around 17 vehicles inspected every minute, it will still take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes to complete an inspection.
Most likely, an inspector will come to open your door and talk with you for a bit. He or she will be checking for signs of drug and alcohol use. Have your licenses and other driver documents ready. Next, they will be checking to ensure your seatbelt and fire extinguisher are in working order. Then, they will get under your hood and inspect your entire vehicle from front to back.
The main areas they will be inspecting include brake systems, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, wheels, rims and hubs, and even windshield wipers.
They will also be checking for proper cargo securement.
If no critical inspection item violations are found, you will get a CVSA decal put on your vehicle. This will prove you successfully passed your inspection and keep you from going through another inspection for the next three months.
Have you ever been through an International Roadcheck inspection? Share what you experienced in the comments below, and stay safe out there.