The annual three-day inspection blitz known as Roadcheck takes place this week at more than 1,000 inspection locations at weigh stations and roadside checkpoints across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The annual event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is Tuesday through Thursday, June 3-5, and will involve tens of thousands of inspections by federal, state, provincial and local inspectors.
For veteran truckers like OOIDA Life Member Eddie Conrad, Roadcheck 2008 is just another week of business as usual.
“I try to keep my truck in good shape all year round,” Conrad told Land Line. “It’s good practice.”
During Roadcheck 2007, inspectors conducted more than 49,000 Level I inspections in the U.S. and Canada, sidelining approximately 4.9 percent of drivers for hours-of-service violations.
Inspectors placed 21.5 percent of trucks out of service with more than half of those having brake defects, CVSA officials reported.
CVSA reported that Mexican officials conducted just 139 inspections with 10 trucks being placed OOS and no driver violations.
U.S. and Canadian inspectors continue to place emphasis on the Level I inspection, which is the driver, the vehicle and the cargo, said Steve Keppler, director of policy and programs for CVSA.
“There’s another major emphasis area, which is safety belt use,” Keppler told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio.
Keppler said some regions will be paying close attention to cargo securement this year.
For more information about Roadcheck, visit www.cvsa.org on the Web.
– By David Tanner, staff writer
– Staff Writer Reed Black contributed to this report.