The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place June 5-7, 2018. Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout North America will conduct thousands of inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. This year’s focus is on 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. “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.”
This focus is due in large part to the implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate last year.
Drivers need to be prepared to provide the following during an inspection:
Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
Valid Federal Medical Certificate
Motor carrier registration
Drivers must also know and provide:
What type of device in installed is the vehicle; Ruan uses compliant automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRD)
How to provide the inspector instructions (have all required AOBRD documents readily accessible)
How to display the required and requested information on the device
During International Roadcheck, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.
The vehicle inspection includes checking brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Drivers are asked to provide their operating credentials and hours-of-service documentation, and will be checked for seat belt usage. Inspectors will also be attentive to apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.
During Roadcheck 2017, 19.4 percent of CMVs and 4.7 percent of drivers were placed out of service in the 62,000 inspections conducted, according to CVSA.