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| 5/8/2007

It’s time to mark your calendars – the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced June 5-7 as the dates for this year’s International Roadcheck inspection blitz.

The annual clampdown on heavy trucks and buses will involve an estimated 10,000 federal, state and provincial officers doing roadside inspections across North America.

At last year’s Roadcheck, about 8,500 certified CVSA inspectors in North America conducted 60,357 truck and bus inspections in 72 hours.

Inspectors put 5.6 percent of those drivers out of service, up from 4.4 percent in 2005. More than 57 percent of the cases where truckers were put out of service were because of hours-of-service violations, according to a report from CVSA.

Mexico reportedly participated last year, but CVSA’s statistics were solely based on inspections conducted in the U.S. and Canada.

Stephen Keppler, CVSA director of policy and programs, told Land Line Magazine that Mexico did participate in 2006, but Mexico’s data was neither immediately available, nor published in a timely fashion. Last month Keppler said he had scheduled conference calls with federal Mexico officials to gauge their participation this year.

“We realize this is a hot topic this year, so we want to make sure we can try and firm up their commitment as far ahead of time as possible,” Keppler said. “We are hoping they will choose to participate.”

Keppler explained that the system in the U.S. involves participation by state and federal officials. In Canada, provincial officials make the decisions. But Mexico’s participation, he said, is at the sole discretion of its federal government.