The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck is almost upon us. This year the nationwide inspection is scheduled for June 5-7, 2018. More than 1.5 million roadside inspections have been conducted during these campaigns. That breaks down to 17 trucks and/or buses inspected every minute!
Over these 72 hours, commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout the US will be on the roadways and their focus will be on hours-of-service compliance. During the 2017 inspections, many drivers were issued hour compliance-related violations. Nearly 32% of drivers who were determined as out-of-service condition were removed from our roadways. Because hours-of-service violations were the top reason drivers were placed out of service last year put it in the spotlight this year. Electronic logging devices (ELDs) may also play a part in this year’s hour compliance focus. This the law went into effect on December 18, 2017, but officials are stating that’s not the case.
“Although the electronic logging device (ELD) 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.”
Need to brush up on ELD rules and regulations? Review who is affected by the ELD Mandate and what it necessitates.
Commercial motor vehicle inspectors will largely conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection. This is a comprehensive 37-step procedure that examines both the driver requirements and vehicle condition.
Those who are driving commercial vehicles will be required to provide operating credentials, hours-of-service documents. Additionally, be sure to keep safety at top of mind because they will be checked for seat belt usage as well as alcohol and/or drug impairment.
The comprehensive vehicle inspection includes the following: 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.
If violations of the driver or vehicle are deemed critical, the inspector may render either as a condition of out of service according to the North American Out-of-Service Criteria. The drivers cannot operate the vehicle until the violation(s) adhere to the CVSA requirements.