Prepare for Targeted Inspections in June

The Iowa Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Enforcement recently stopped a driver who didn’t realize his load had come unbundled, butting up against the trailer’s wooden removable side boards. This year’s International Roadcheck will focus on cargo securement safety.

Fleet companies and truck drivers have just a couple of weeks left to prepare for the largest targeted commercial motor vehicle inspection effort in North America.

The 30th annual International Roadcheck is June 6-8. Certified inspectors in jurisdictions across the United States, Mexico and Canada will focus on a Standard Level 1 Inspection, the most thorough roadside inspection that examines both the vehicle as well as driver operating requirements.

Each inspection can take up to an hour or more. Vehicles found in compliance will receive a special decal that generally spares them from re-inspection during the month of issuance, plus two months.  

This year’s event is placing an emphasis on cargo securement. Inspectors are trained to look for the proper loading and securement of cargo on commercial vehicles. They also check that equipment is functioning and tied down safely and correctly. Inspectors take load securement regulation seriously. Loads that are improperly secured can cause road damage, injury and death.

Past spotlighted categories include tire safety (2016), cargo securement (2015) and hazardous materials/dangerous goods (2014).

An improperly secured I-beam flies off of a truckload of scrap metal and into the dash of an unsuspecting motorist. The truck driver was in possession of cargo netting, but failed to use it.

Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Loren Waterman has seen a lot in his 22 years with the Iowa Department of Transportation. Examples of violations he’s found while on patrol are scattered throughout this post. Many accidents, fines and citations are preventable, he says.

“Take the initiative to go through everything,” Waterman said. “It takes you 5 minutes to update your logbook. Make sure your load is properly secured. When in doubt, scale it out.”

With truck stops sprinkled along most major highways and interstates, drivers typically have access to additional tie downs or weigh scales, if needed, prior to getting pulled over for an inspection.

Waterman said tighter regulations accompanied with initiatives like International Roadcheck are paying off.

“You don’t see those really bad trucks out there anymore,” he said. “The safety of the road depends on how all these companies are keeping their equipment up.”

A roadside inspection guide published by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance ahead of the International Roadcheck three-day event, happening June 6-8, 2017.

International Roadcheck times and locations will vary by state. In Iowa, most weigh station facilities will be staffed daily with four to five inspectors, along with someone on patrol, Waterman said.

International Roadcheck, created by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, is expected to average nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected every minute during the 72-hour period. Participants include the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

Since the program’s inception in 1988, more than 1.5 million roadside inspections have been conducted.

Celebrate National Moving Month

National Moving Month is in full swing with people and businesses everywhere gearing up for making moves, big and small.

Moving is no easy task, and there are many things to consider when t­­aking on this job. This blog is going to focus on some moving supplies that people may not realize are available to help them move, but will help make a move safer and easier.

Moving Supplies that Help Prevent Damage

Lacy, Moving Supplies Specialist

Lacy, a US Cargo Control sales specialist, recommends several products that will help prevent damage during a move. These items include door jamb protectors, door covers, banister covers, and Neoprene floor runners.

  • Door Jamb Protectors: Our quilted door jamb protector is an easy and inexpensive way to prevent damage to your belongings and to the doorway. With heavy-duty wire springs and our Performance moving blanket material, the jamb cover stays snug as you move through the doorway. The door jamb protector pad adjusts in height to fit the interior and exterior of almost any door.

    Door Cover Moving Supplies
    Quilted Door Cover
  • Door Covers: Quilted door covers offer the protection of a quality moving blanket in a design that easily slides on to doors (interior or exterior). Covers the door, front and back, and tightens using Velcro straps.
  • Banister Covers: The quilted fabric design of our banister cover has three hook-and-loop straps making it easy to secure to nearly any banister or railing and helps eliminate dings and scratches during a move. The fabric is similar to our popular Supreme moving blanket.
  • Neoprene Floor Runners: Floor runners are a carpet-protecting product that offer a layer of protection for floors during a move. They protect carpet, laminate, linoleum, tile, hardwood and other flooring from scratches, marks and dings as well as creating a flat, non-slip surface and can be cut to size.
  • Moving blankets are also a great multi-purpose product that will cover and protect your products from damage. Once done with a move, these blankets can be used as a cover for items you have in storage that need protected from elements and outside interference.

Moving Supplies for Wrapping and Protecting

Other items that are important in a move are ones that will help keep belongings wrapped tight and protected from damage or loss by coming loose. These would include products to keep drawers closed and boxes sealed.

  • Stretch Wrap: Our blown stretch wrap is high-quality, resisting puncturing and tearing even on sharp corners. Using this wrap is a great way to secure loads both uniformly-shaped and irregularly-shaped.

    Large Rubber Moving Bands
    Rubber Moving Bands
  • Packing Tape: The best way to seal boxes and ensure they stay closed. We offer single rolls, or multi-packs, in 2-inch and 3-inch widths.
  • Rubber Moving Bands: These oversize rubber bands safely stretch to double their size to wrap around furniture, appliances, and anything you need to band together to keep safe during a move. Works great to keep drawers closed on dressers and like items.
  • Mattress Covers: Keep your mattress clean, dry and protected during a move with this plastic cover. These clear plastic covers add a layer of protection without adding extra weight.

Help make a stressful move easier by adding these products to your lineup. If you have any questions about any of these products or others, give us a call at 800-989-4863. We offer bulk pricing. To see our full line of moving supplies click here.