CVSA Roadcheck 2015 set for June 2-4; don't forget your medical card

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mark your June calendars. The dates for CVSA Roadcheck 2015 have been set for June 2-4.

The annual 72-hour inspection blitz is the largest targeted enforcement effort on commercial vehicles in the world. It is a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

This year CVSA specifically noted it would be checking medical certificates on the roadside. Recent changes in the regulation have truck drivers wondering whether they should carry their medical cards with them. Steve Keppler, executive director for CVSA, admitted to Land Line that while drivers’ medical certificates should have been documented by the appropriate licensing agency, there have been problems.

“So the CDL/driving record should reflect that the drivers are in compliance,” Keppler said. “However, we have heard about a number of instances where (for several reasons) problems are being experienced in the field, so we recommend that drivers still carry their medical certificate just to be safe.”

The Unified Carrier Registration program requires individuals and companies that operate commercial vehicles to register their business and pay an annual fee, due at the end of the year, based on the size of their fleet.

Keppler said that if the UCR fee has not been paid, it is “a state-by-state decision” on whether to allow trucks back on the road without paying the fee on the spot. He added that failure to pay a UCR fee “is not an out-of-service condition.”

Is your MCS-150 biennial report updated? This is another area that will be examined by enforcement during Roadcheck 2015. If you are a motor carrier, you must update your FMCSA business snapshot every two years using the MCS-150 form.

“FMCSA has implemented a regulation that will deactivate a motor carrier’s registration for not filing its MCS-150 report as required,” Keppler said.

Keppler said Roadcheck will also focus on cargo securement.

“The proper loading and securing of cargo on vehicles is a matter of public safety,” according to a CVSA release.

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