CVSA Says Don’t Make These Top Ten Mistakes During Next Week’s Inspection Blitz
Greenbelt, MD – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual three-day North American inspection blitz known as “International Roadcheck” is coming up next week, and here’s what you need to know to be prepared.
This year’s International Roadcheck will begin on Wednesday, September 9 and run through Friday, September 11.
Each year, CVSA places special emphasis on a category of violations.
This year’s focus is on the driver requirements component of a roadside inspection.
During International Roadcheck, CVSA-certified inspectors primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes two main inspection categories: an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.
For the driver portion of an inspection, the inspector will collect and verify the driver’s documents, identify the motor carrier, examine the driver’s license, check record of duty status and review periodic inspection report(s).
If applicable, the inspector will check the Medical Examiner’s Certificate, Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate and the driver’s daily vehicle inspection report.
Inspectors will also check drivers for seat belt usage, illness, fatigue, and apparent alcohol or drug possession or impairment.
Drivers found to be operating without the proper driver credentials; in possession of or under the influence of drugs or alcohol; operating while ill, fatigued or showing other signs of impairment; or in violation of hours-of-service rules may be placed out of service (OOS).
The vehicle portion of an inspection includes checking critical vehicle inspection items such as: brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, driver’s seat (missing), exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers.
Click HERE to download an informational flyer with more on what to expect.
Top 10 Driver Violations
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) data, of the approximately 3.36 million inspections conducted in 2019, 952,938 driver violations were discovered, of which 199,722 were OOS conditions.
In preparation for this year’s special emphasis, the CVSA shared the top 10 driver-related violations found during roadside inspections and urged truckers not to commit them.
1. Failure to use a seat belt while operating a commercial motor vehicle.
2. Record of duty status violation (general/form and manner).
3. Operating a property-carrying vehicle without a valid medical certificate.
4. False report of record of duty status.
5. Operating a commercial motor vehicle without a CDL.
6. ELD – No record of duty status (ELD is required).
7. No medical certificate in driver’s possession.
8. Driver’s record of duty status not current.
9. Driver failed to maintain supply of blank records of duty status graph grids.
10. Driver failed to maintain ELD instruction sheet.