Here’s what CVSA will be checking for June 2-4

| 5/27/2009

The annual inspection blitz conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is set for June 2-4 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

More than 8,500 inspectors in 1,850 locations will be on the lookout for driver and mechanical violations during the 72-hour event. In a statement from CVSA, the word to truckers is to “operate safely alongside passenger vehicles or we will stop you.”

This year, roadside inspectors will be focusing on: The North American Standard Level I Inspection, which examines all of the following: driver's license, medical examiner’s certificate and waiver, alcohol and drugs (if applicable), driver's record of duty status (as required), hours of service, seat belt, vehicle inspection report, as well as the brake system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, turn signals, brake lamps, tail lamps, head lamps, lamps on projecting loads, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, emergency exits on buses and HM requirements, as applicable; safety belt enforcement; motorcoach and bus safety compliance.

Inspectors will also focus on Unified Carrier Registration compliance. In 2005, SAFETEA-LU codified UCR into federal law. It replaced the Single State Registration System (SSRS). All motor carriers (for-hire, private and exempt) – as well as brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies operating in interstate or international commerce – are subject to the new UCR.

“Placing emphasis on drivers is a key component to enhancing safety on our highways, and concentrated enforcement programs like Roadcheck give us the data we need to target our efforts,” CVSA Executive Director Stephen F. Campbell stated on the alliance’s Web site,

“Enforcement sends a message that we will put you out of service if you are violating the law or driving an unsafe commercial vehicle.”

During the 2008 blitz, inspectors put 5.3 percent of drivers out of service, an improvement from 6.2 percent the year before. Hazmat drivers passed inspection to the tune of 97.6 percent – also an improvement over 2007.

Hours-of-service violations continue to be the most common reason for drivers being placed OOS at Roadcheck. Inspectors put 20.8 percent of vehicles out of service during the 2008 event, with brakes being the most common violation. In 2007, the OOS rate was 21.5 percent.

U.S. and Canadian inspectors are quick to post Roadcheck results each year while Mexico continues to lag behind in providing information.

The annual Roadcheck program includes participation from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators; Transport Canada; and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.