Every year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) holds International Roadcheck, an enforcement campaign that focuses on safety targeting commercial vehicles and drivers in North America. This year inspections are taking place June 5th through the 7th. In the past, the focus had been on tires and cargo securement. This year, the CVSA announced details stating the focus on hours-of-service compliance. President Capt. Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol,” The top reason drivers were placed out of service during 2017 International Roadcheck was for hours-of-service violations.”
He also added, “Although the electronic logging device (ELD) rule that went into effect on Dec. 18 does not change any of the underlying hours-of-service rules or exceptions, ELD mandate placed a spotlight on hours-of-service compliance. We thought this year would be a perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of the hours-of-service regulations.”
CVSA reported 32% of drivers were placed out of service for violations that related to their hours of service last year. Fleet managers will need to take the time to focus on reinforcing their drivers and dispatchers that they are expected to follow hours of service guidelines. This includes dispatchers not pressuring drivers to go over their legal hours of driving.
In 2017 there were over 62,000 vehicle inspections done, (Level 1, Level II, and Level III).
Level 1: 40,944
Level 2: 12,787
Level 3: 8,282
Majority of inspections were done in the U.S. which totaled 54,300. Vehicle violations consisted of braking systems, cargo securement, and tire/wheel assemblies. Driver violations were hours-of-service, wrong license class, and falsified log books.
Inspectors are likely to perform Level-1 inspections, the most thorough of the inspections, consisting of a 37-step procedure which will include examination of vehicle-related violations, driver compliance and driver related violations.
June 5th is right around the corner. So make sure your vehicles and drivers are prepared and ready.