CVSA’s 3-Day Inspection Blitz Coming Sooner in 2020
Greenbelt, MD – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual three-day inspection blitz known as “International Roadcheck” is moving from June to May in 2020.
In an announcement on Monday, CVSA says this year’s 72-hour inspection blitz, which is usually held the first week of June, is going to take place May 5-7.
CVSA says it is making the move because the weather may be more favorable for many jurisdictions.
“By announcing the dates in advance, we hope to remind motor carriers of the importance of proactive vehicle maintenance and remind drivers to be prepared for inspections and to always conduct pre- and post-trip inspections,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “We want every vehicle and driver inspected during this initiative to pass inspection with no violations.”
The focus of International Roadcheck 2020 will be on driver requirements.
“With last year’s federal electronic logging device full-compliance mandate in the U.S., the Alliance decided that this year’s International Roadcheck would be the perfect opportunity to revisit all aspects of roadside inspection driver requirements,” Sgt. Samis stated.
What to expect?
CVSA explains that an inspector will start each inspection procedure by greeting, interviewing and preparing the driver.
The inspector will collect and verify the driver’s documents, identify the motor carrier, examine the driver’s license or commercial 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 and/or drug possession or impairment.
The vehicle 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.
What happened in 2019?
CVSA inspectors conducted 67,072 inspections on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in Canada and the U.S. as part of the 72-hour operation.
CVSA said 12,019 vehicles were removed from roadways due to “critical vehicle inspection item violations” and 2,784 drivers were placed out of service (OOS) for “driver-related violations.”
That comes to a 17.9% overall vehicle OOS rate and a 4.2% driver OOS rate.
Last year’s focus was on steering and suspension systems.
CVSA said it selected steering components and suspension systems as a “reminder of their importance to vehicle safety and fitness.”
Inspectors identified 408 steering (2.5% of all OOS vehicle violations) and 703 suspension (4.3% of all OOS vehicle violations) OOS vehicle conditions during International Roadcheck, CVSA revealed.
Of the 67,072 inspections conducted, CVSA said inspectors found 16,347 OOS vehicle conditions and 3,173 OOS driver conditions.
Notably, the top driver violation was for hours of service (HOS), comprising a total of 1,179 such violations.