From June 5th to June 7th Canada, the United States, and Mexico will be conducting mass inspections in the 2018 International Roadcheck!
WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL ROADCHECK?
Every summer the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) performs an International Roadcheck “event”. Unfortunately, this isn’t a fun event with barbequed steaks and a fridge full of beer. But rather, this event revolves around safety regulations and their implementation in the trucking industry. The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico all take part by conducting a large number of inspections over a 72 hour period. During last years International Roadcheck (which had a special emphasis on Cargo Securement), over 62,000 vehicles and drivers were given level 1, 2, or 3 inspections.
For details on what exactly goes into these inspections, broken down by level, follow this link.
Last year, 17 commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) were checked every minute of the span of three days. Of the 62,000 inspections, a whopping 19.4% of these commercial motor vehicles (CMV’s) were placed out of service and 4.6% of all vehicles were also placed out of service. Canadian drivers were subject to 7,713 inspections and the United States had around 54,300.
For full details and results of 2017’s International Roadcheck, follow this link.
THIS YEAR’S FOCUS
This years International Roadcheck has a special focus on Hours of Service (HOS) Compliance. In the United States, this essentially means they will be checking to see if drivers have their trucks equipped with Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) that conform with regulations. As you may know, in Canada ELDs are not mandatory as of yet, so the focus will be on standard HOS issues, rather than a focus on ELDs. According to the CVSA President Capt. Christopher Turner, 32% of the drivers that were placed out of service in 2017 were due to HOS violations. That number could go up this year if truck drivers in the U.S. haven’t outfitted themselves with an ELD or a grandfathered AOBRD.
As is custom, during the international Road Check inspectors will be primarily conducting North American Standard Level 1 inspections. This inspection is a 37-step procedure that inspects driver and vehicle. Among other things, drivers will be checked for credentials, hours-of-service documentation, drug/alcohol impairment and even seat belt usage. Unfortunately, if the inspector deems violations critical, that driver and vehicle could be placed out of service. If this happens, drivers will only be able to continue operating if the violations are corrected. However, if the driver and vehicle pass the inspection, then a CVSA decal will be given that indicate that the driver and vehicle have both passed their inspections by sanctioned, certified officers.
This year’s International Roadcheck will be from Tuesday, June 5th – Thursday, June 7th. Keep in mind this is a 72-hour event, meaning that inspections will be running continuously throughout this period, so don’t think you will be passed over if its 1 am on a Wednesday.
IS YOUR FLEET PREPARED?
If your fleet isn’t operating on ELDs yet, Titan GPS’ Electronic Logging Device is certified with the FMCSA. Guarantee compliance, keep track of hours and reduce the paperwork necessary to operate efficiently.