This year’s CVSA Roadcheck inspection blitz will take place June 8-10 and not June 1-3 as has been widely reported. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance recently posted the new dates on its Web site, www.cvsa.org.
CVSA Director of Enforcement Programs Collin Mooney says the agency changed the timing because the original dates immediately followed Memorial Day weekend.
Mooney told Land Line Now’s Reed Black that having Roadcheck too close to Memorial Day weekend could have put local enforcement officers around the country into an overtime situation. That prompted CVSA officials to make the change.
CVSA teams with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other agencies, including Transport Canada as well as the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico, in the annual blitz that aims to crack down on non-compliant trucks and drivers.
During the 22nd Roadcheck event in June 2009, CMV enforcement performed a record 72,782 inspections, including more than 57,000 Level I inspections, on trucks and buses at 2,100 locations. Vehicle compliance rates during the 2009 event were about 80.4 percent, the highest rate since 1996. Driver compliance rates also set a record in 2009 at 95.7 percent.
Last year, during 7,800 inspections in Canada, 97 percent of drivers earned a passing grade, up from 95 percent a year ago, while 82 percent of vehicles passed with a similar rate to 2008.
Mexico did not participate in Roadcheck this past year because of the swine flu.
The primary reasons cited by inspectors for placing vehicles and drivers out of service continue to be brakes and logbooks, respectively.
– By David Tanner, associate editor