Roadcheck 2003: June 3-5

| Friday, May 30, 2003

The 16th annual International Roadcheck will be held June 3-5 throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. This year, drivers will receive information on the new hours-of-service regulations and the new requirements for cargo securement in the United States, both of which are set to go into effect in January 2004.

Approximately 9,000 truck and bus safety inspectors will be on the job night and day at inspection sites along major highways. In addition, roving patrols will inspect commercial vehicles traveling other highways.

CVSA President Peter Hurst from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation says, "Roadcheck is a critical and unifying presence for advancing commercial vehicle safety and reducing crashes across North America. We are out there, and we are getting results."

According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), approximately 3 million roadside inspections were conducted last year throughout North America by CVSA Certified inspectors.

Nearly 50,000 vehicles and drivers were inspected during Roadcheck 2002, with both vehicles and drivers showing lower out-of-service rates than in previous years.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance sponsors the annual Roadchecks, with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, the Research and Special Programs Administration and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

CVSA is the leading commercial vehicle safety enforcement organization in North America. Its members include enforcement agencies and industry representatives in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

The Roadcheck this year comes at the start of OOIDA's June Safety Month, an effort sponsored by OOIDA in which all truckers are encouraged to run in strict compliance with all safety and motor transport regulations for the month of June.