Roadcheck turns up non-English-speaking driver

| 6/6/2007

Wednesday, June 6, is the second day of CVSA’s International Roadcheck, with an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 officers pulling trucks over for inspections in the U.S. and Canada.

A spokesman for CVSA told Land Line Magazine he assumes Mexico is participating, too – but couldn’t say for sure.

Meanwhile, at an inspection point on Interstate 80 near Greenwood, NE, officers pulled over a trucker from Russia whose rig and paperwork passed inspection – but who apparently couldn’t speak a word of English.

Mike DiGiacomo, a reporter for Omaha television station KETV who was on the scene at the time, said after inspectors explained they were placing the Russian man out of service for not being able to speak English, he got back in the cab and started driving slowly away.

Inspectors had to flag him down again and have him park the truck, DiGiacomo said.

Federal regulations say CDL holders must be able to speak and read English reasonably well, but at the same time, 17 states and the District of Columbia offer CDL tests in foreign languages.

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 that 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,” includes discussions with FMCSA Administrator John Hill, CVSA President Captain John Harrison and others.

The podcast can be downloaded here.

– By Reed Black, staff writer 

Staff writer David Tanner contributed to this report.