What is International Roadcheck 2015?
Since 1988 federal inspectors across North America have teamed up for the annual CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) 72-hour safety blitz every summer. This year the event runs from June 2nd through the 5th. During this period on average 17 vehicles will be inspected every minute for 72 straight hours. With most inspections being level 1 inspections on both vehicle and driver.
Are your drivers and vehicles ready for the increased scrutiny?
What is a level 1 inspection?
37 step inspection that includes the driver and vehicle.
Common Items Checked
- Med Card
- Records of Duty Status (logs or timecards)
- Seat belt usage
- Drug/Alcohol use
- Proof of Insurance
- Annual Inspection Documentation
- Exhaust System
- Fuel System
- Steering System
- Driver Lines
- Windshield Wipers
- Emergency Exits
- Emergency Equipment (Fire Extinguisher, Triangles, First Aid)
What should I do to Prepare?
- Make a posting reminding drivers of the upcoming roadcheck
- If possible, have them show dispatch their required items prior to leaving
- Stress the importance of having a pleasant attitude, officers do have discretion
- Ask drivers to conduct especially thorough inspections, it’s better to catch an issue in the yard
- Check the items listed above, testing those is your first line of defense
- Appearances matter, remove clutter and old documentation, replace with new, clean copies
Records of Duty Status
Drivers MUST have a record of duty status on them at all times. If you operate under the 100 Air-mile exemption the driver must have a record showing that they have not exceeded the 12 hour maximum consecutive on duty time, or 70 hour 8 day rule. Drivers not carrying this could be placed out of service on the side of the road.
Ultimately the Motor Carrier is responsible for making sure that the operator and the vehicle are compliant with all regulations. This is a good time to review that drivers have the proper operating license and endorsements for the vehicle they are operating. Things such as vehicle weights, air brakes, and passenger count all should be considered.
Make sure to stress to your drivers the importance of attitude with the officers. A cooperative, friendly attitude could be the difference between your vehicle and driver sitting on the side of the road for several hours or being handed back their paperwork and told to have a safe day.
Have a backup plan
Regardless of how well your vehicles are maintained, and how well your paperwork is taken care of, there is always the possibility of being pulled into a full inspection and missing a pick up. Have a backup plan to help ensure your customers remain unimpacted.
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