As Roadcheck wraps up, inspection stories begin rolling in

| 6/8/2007

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Roadcheck 2007 came to a close on Thursday and reports from inspection points are starting to come in about the results of the annual blitz.

An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 commercial enforcement officers pulled trucks over June 5-7 in the annual North American safety dragnet. Some states, like Tennessee, even used bomb and drug dogs to inspect trucks.

A newspaper in Summit, CO, reported one driver from a local excavation company had to pay the county $2,288 in five years of back taxes before enforcement officers allowed him to continue his run.

Land Line learned that Maine’s commercial vehicle enforcement officers worked with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in this year’s Roadcheck blitz. At least 150 drivers were interviewed about their immigration status. Fifteen were detained.

But one of the most notable Roadcheck stops so far involved a driver in Greenwood, NE. The driver, who was from Russia, had all of his paperwork and his rig passed inspection – but he couldn’t speak a word of English.

Inspectors were working on putting the man out of service for not being able to speak English, when he slowly started driving away. Inspectors flagged him down and made him park the truck.

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.

This year was the 20th annual Roadcheck, which includes state, federal, provincial and local inspectors from the U.S. and Canada. Land Line was unable to confirm whether Mexico actually participated this year.

– By Land Line staff