FMCSA Boss Gets Up Close Look at Inspections Process on First Day of 72-Hour Blitz

Greenbelt, MD – The new leader of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was at an inspection site in Maryland for the first day of North America’s largest commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement campaign.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck began on Tuesday with FMCSA Deputy Administrator Meera Joshi, and other Agency leaders, receiving a briefing from CVSA President Sgt. John Samis and Executive Director Collin Mooney.




 

Joshi and her team received an up close look at how inspectors will conduct Level I Inspections, a 37-step process to confirm compliance with driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.

During this year’s 72-hour blitz, inspectors are focused on hours of service and lighting violations.

CVSA said inspectors will check the driver’s HOS documentation, seat belt usage, and for alcohol and/or drug impairment.

 

Additionally, inspectors will ensure the vehicle’s brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, driver’s seat, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims, hubs and windshield wipers are compliant with regulations.

However, inspectors may instead opt to conduct the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection.

The inspection blitz will continue through Thursday.

During last year’s campaign, CVSA said more than 51,o00 CMVs were inspected.




 

As for Joshi, President Joe Biden officially nominated her last month to be Administrator of the FMCSA.

Her nomination is still pending Senate confirmation at this time.

 


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