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Today’s Pickup: CVSA puts drivers in crosshairs for Roadcheck

CVSA has set May 5-7 as the dates for International Roadcheck. This year’s inspection blitz will focus on driver requirements. (Photo: CVSA)

Good day,

Drivers will be in the crosshairs when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck takes place May 5-7. Roadcheck is a three-day enforcement blitz across North America.

“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,” said Sgt. John Samis of the Delaware State Police and current CVSA president.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 3.36 million inspections conducted in 2019 with 944,794 driver violations found. Almost 200,000 drivers were placed out of service.

Among the common driver violations found in inspections are record-of-duty status violation, operating a property-carrying vehicle without a valid medical certificate, operating without a CDL or no ELD. In all, there are 10 common driver-related violations, CVSA said. Inspectors also will check seat belt usage, operating authority, vehicle registration, proof of insurance and permits/bills of lading.

The full list of driver requirements is available here:

Inspectors also will inspect vehicles as normal. This inspection will include 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.

“We’re aware that some drivers opt to stay off roadways during the three days of International Roadcheck. Although there is certainly an increase in the number of inspections conducted during International Roadcheck, it’s important to remember that inspections are conducted every day of the year,” Samis said. “Inspectors will be inspecting commercial motor vehicles the day before International Roadcheck starts, the day after it ends, as well as any other day of the year.”

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International Roadcheck will take place this year May 5-7. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which runs Roadcheck, said this year’s event will focus on driver requirements. While each roadside inspection includes a review of driver requirements, this inspection will prioritize driver violations. Many drivers choose to stay off the roads during the yearly blitz, but CVSA reminds drivers that inspections take place every day of the year. Following the rules never ends.

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected]