Tuesday is the first day of CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2007.
The annual roadside inspection blitz features an estimated 10,000 officers who blanket North America’s roadways.
Last year, officials inspected more than 60,000 trucks and buses, and put 20 percent of them out of service, according to a press release.
“(Inspectors are) out there to make sure these vehicles are safe,” FMCSA Assistant Administrator David Hugel, who was at an inspection station just outside Washington, DC, told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio.
“The good news is, from my observations, the great majority out there on the roads are safe. Their job is to identify those that are not, and to take the appropriate action to keep the highways safer for all of us.”
For the past 20 years, the CVSA annual Roadcheck event dispatches federal, state, provincial and local inspectors to conduct North American Standard Inspections around the clock for 72 hours Tuesday through Thursday. These inspections involve a comprehensive 37-step procedure which includes items related to vehicle, driver and cargo safety. Inspectors also hand out educational materials to drivers on various aspects of commercial vehicle, driver and hazardous materials safety.
This year, CVSA is launching a new podcast focusing on educating the commercial vehicle driver on safety and security measures. The new podcast series, called “Inside the Safety Lane with CVSA,” will include discussions with FMCSA Administrator John Hill, CVSA President Captain John Harrison and others.
The podcast can be downloaded here.
– By Reed Black, staff writer