Today’s Pickup: CVSA puts drivers in crosshairs for Roadcheck

CVSA Roadcheck inspection


Drivers will be in the crosshairs
when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck
takes place May 5-7. Roadcheck is a three-day enforcement blitz across North

“With last year’s federal
electronic logging device full-compliance mandate in the U.S., the alliance
decided that this year’s International Roadcheck would be the perfect
opportunity to revisit all aspects of roadside inspection driver requirements,”
said Sgt. John Samis of the Delaware State Police and current CVSA president.

According to the Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration, there were 3.36 million inspections conducted in
2019 with 944,794 driver violations found. Almost 200,000 drivers were placed
out of service.

Among the common driver violations
found in inspections are record-of-duty status violation, operating a property-carrying
vehicle without a valid medical certificate, operating without a CDL or no ELD.
In all, there are 10 common driver-related violations, CVSA said. Inspectors
also will check seat belt usage, operating authority, vehicle registration,
proof of insurance and permits/bills of lading.

The full list of driver requirements is available here:

Inspectors also will inspect
vehicles as normal. This inspection will include items such as 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.

“We’re aware that some drivers opt
to stay off roadways during the three days of International Roadcheck. Although
there is certainly an increase in the number of inspections conducted during
International Roadcheck, it’s important to remember that inspections are
conducted every day of the year,” Samis said. “Inspectors will be inspecting commercial
motor vehicles the day before International Roadcheck starts, the day after it
ends, as well as any other day of the year.”

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Final thoughts

International Roadcheck will take
place this year May 5-7. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which runs
Roadcheck, said this year’s event will focus on driver requirements. While each
roadside inspection includes a review of driver requirements, this inspection
will prioritize driver violations. Many drivers choose to stay off the roads
during the yearly blitz, but CVSA reminds drivers that inspections take place
every day of the year. Following the rules never ends.

Hammer down, everyone!