The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance recently announced that this year’s International Roadcheck will take place June 5th through 7th. The annual International Roadcheck is the the world’s largest enforcement program targeted toward commercial motor vehicles, with an average of 17 trucks inspected per minute during the 72-hour period. A total of over 1.5 million roadside inspections have occurred during Roadcheck campaigns since the program’s inception in 1988. Here are the crucial details about this year’s inspection blitz so you can be confident about undergoing a roadside inspection.
The focus of this year’s CVSA International Roadcheck is hours-of-service (HOS) compliance. “The top reason drivers were placed out of service during 2017 International Roadcheck was for hours-of- service violations,” said CVSA President Capt. Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol in the March 20th CVSA press release. “Thirty-two percent of drivers who were placed out of service during last year’s three-day International Roadcheck were removed from our roadways due to violations related to hours-of-service regulations. It’s definitely an area we need to call attention to this year.”
“Although the electronic logging device rule that went into effect on Dec. 18, 2017 does not change any of the underlying hours-of-service rules or exceptions, the ELD mandate placed a spotlight on hours-of-service compliance,” said Capt. Turner. “We thought this year would be a perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of the hours-of-service regulations.”
This will be the first International Roadcheck since the implementation of the ELD Mandate. As of April 1st 2018, the soft enforcement period for the mandate has ended, meaning that the vast majority of commercial motor vehicles need to be equipped with an ELD or a grandfathered-in AOBRD to log HOS. Other than a functioning ELD, it is essential that drivers have with them in the cab both the ELD user manual containing instructions of how produce and transfer data and at least eight days worth of blank paper logs in case of an ELD malfunction. According to the CVSA, failure to provide either of these two documents has been the most common cause of HOS-related violations in the post-ELD era. Users of ZED Connect ELD can find the user manual here, and the guide for viewing and exporting ELD data along with 8 days of paper logs here.
Other than an increased focus on HOS-related violations, this year’s Roadcheck will primarily feature the familiar North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.
If no critical inspection violations are found, the vehicle will receive a CVSA decal, indicating that it has successfully passed inspection. It is important to note that while vehicles displaying a valid
CVSA decal will generally not be subject to re-inspection, nothing prevents re-inspection of a vehiclebearing valid CVSA decals.
If an inspector does identify a critical violation, he or she may place the vehicle or driver out of service, so double check the inspection criteria and make sure you have all the necessary documents on hand. Good luck, and safe driving!