Emphasis On Driver Requirements
Mark your calendars, as the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced that its annual International Roadcheck inspection blitz, which was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been rescheduled for September 9-11, 2020.
The high-volume, high-visibility enforcement initiative highlights the importance of commercial motor vehicle safety through roadside inspections. Over the 72-hour period, CVSA-certified inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers.
Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year's focus is on driver requirements. According to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's fiscal 2019 data, of the 3.36 million inspections conducted during last year’s event, 944,794 driver violations were discovered. A total of 195,545 of the 944,794 driver violations were for out-of-service conditions.
During International Roadcheck, inspectors 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 will include checking brake systems; cargo securement; coupling devices; driveline/driveshaft components; driver’s seat (missing); exhaust systems; frames; fuel systems; lighting devices; steering mechanisms; suspensions; tires; van and open-top trailer bodies; wheels; rims and hubs; and windshield wipers. Buses will also be inspected for emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.
Commercial vehicle drivers will need to provide all operating credentials such as their driver’s license and endorsements, medical examiner’s certificate, periodic inspection report(s) and record of duty status per §395.8. Additionally, drivers will be checked for seat belt usage, illness, fatigue, and any signs of alcohol and/or drug possession or impairment.
If no critical inspection item violations are found during an inspection, a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle, indicating that it successfully passed a decal-eligible inspection. If critical inspection items violations are discovered, an inspector may render the driver or vehicle out of service if the condition meets the North American Out-of-Service Criteria. This means that the driver cannot operator the vehicle until the violation(s) are corrected.
In the past, International Roadcheck was usually held during the first week of June. However, this year’s event was moved up by one month when the weather may be more favorable for many jurisdictions, CVSA said. By announcing the dates in advance, the CVSA hopes to remind motor carriers of the importance of proactive vehicle maintenance and remind drivers to be prepared for inspections and to always conduct pre- and post-trip inspections. It’s important to remember that while there is an increase in the number of inspections conducted during International Roadcheck, inspections are conducted every day of the year.
To help drivers and motor carriers prepare for this year’s International Roadcheck emphasis area of driver requirements, CVSA has created an informational flyer.
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