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Prepare for International Roadcheck 2020

By Verizon ConnectOctober 20, 2020

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck 2020 (1) is now set to take place September 9-11, 2020. Historically, this event has been held the first week of June, but had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this three-day period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will be stationed throughout North America to conduct roadside inspections on commercial vehicles and truckers. 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. A third category, hazardous materials/dangerous goods, may also be part of a Level I Inspection.

Depending on weather conditions, available resources or other factors, inspectors may opt to conduct the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection. This year, inspectors will also conduct inspections following health and safety protocols and procedures in consideration of the coronavirus pandemic.

Each year, the International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is on “driver requirements” category of a roadside inspection; and according to the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), nearly one million (944,794) driver violations were discovered last year.

Impact of inspections on fleets

According to the CVSA, during International Roadcheck 2019, 12,019 vehicles were removed from roadways due to critical vehicle inspection item violations and 2,784 drivers were placed out of service for driver-related violations. That’s a 17.9% overall vehicle out-of-service rate and a 4.2% driver out-of-service rate.

Here’s how much of a serious impact these inspections can have on a fleet: last year, of the 67,072 inspections conducted during last year’s International Roadcheck, there were 16,347 out-of-service vehicle conditions. The top three out-of-service vehicle violations were for brake systems (28%), tire and wheels (19.3%) and brake adjustment (17.1%). In addition, there were there were 3,173 out-of-service driver conditions, with the top three driver-related violations for Hours of Service (37.2%), wrong class license (22.5%) and false logs (14.7%). (1)

During the CVSA roadcheck procedure, inspectors will collect and verify the driver’s documents, identify the motor carrier, examine the driver’s license or commercial driver’s license (CDL), check record of duty status and review periodic inspection report(s). Inspectors will also check drivers for seat belt usage, illness, fatigue and alcohol/drug possession or impairment.

The focus on driver requirements during this year’s Roadcheck also makes it all the more important for trucking companies to educate and prepare their drivers for these procedures as they focus on vehicle maintenance. 

Download this free ebook to prepare your staff and drivers for roadside inspections.

Tips for a successful International Roadcheck experience:

First and foremost, make sure your truck drivers always wear their seat belts, and that they always maintain a positive and professional attitude with the law enforcement and inspectors.

During vehicle safety inspections, enforcement officials will check a number of systems and components, including:

  • Brake systems
  • Cargo securement
  • Fuel systems
  • Lighting devices
  • Tire condition
  • Exhaust systems
  • And more

Drivers should be prepared to provide the following items to inspectors:

  • Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  • Valid Federal Medical Examiner’s Certificate
  • HOS documentation
  • Motor carrier registration
  • Shipping papers/documentation

Drivers should also have at the ready:

  • A copy of company’s Insurance Certificate in the tractor
  • A copy of company’s Hazardous Materials Certificate in the tractor (if applicable)
  • A current, up-to-date permit book
  • A charged and secure fire extinguisher in the tractor
  • The required emergency equipment in the tractor (three reflective triangles)
  • Proof of annual inspection for all equipment, including tractor/trailer

For Hours of Service, make sure drivers understand:

  • What type of Electronic Logging Device (ELD) is installed and how to operate it
  • How to provide the Inspector instructions
  • How to display required and requested information

To prepare your fleet, make sure vehicles are in the best shape possible before they fall under inspector scrutiny.

  • Prepare your equipment:
    • Keep your vehicle as neat and clean as possible
    • Conduct a proper and thorough pre-trip vehicle inspection reports
  • Pay particular attention to:
    • Vehicle lighting
    • Brakes
    • Wheels, tires and rims
    • Any observable defects

And for hazmat situations, make sure that:

  • Placards are not damaged or missing and are on all four sides of the vehicle
  • A current Emergency Response Guide (ERG) is present in the cab
  • Your shipping paper is accurate and contains:
  • UN or NA Identification Number
  • Proper shipping name
  • Hazard class/division
  • Packing group

How proactive maintenance can help keep fleets inspection-ready

Staying on top of preventive maintenance can help you keep your vehicles out of service bays and ready for any roadcheck event. GPS fleet tracking technology with built-in asset tracking provides advanced engine diagnostics and instant mileage reporting, as well as vehicle service alerts based on distance traveled, hours worked or predetermined dates. This can help you form proactive maintenance plans and only pay for repairs when they’re necessary while keeping your vehicles in the best possible shape.

The right GPS fleet management system can also help you:

  • Control repair costs by identifying small maintenance problems before they become big ones
  • Reduce breakdowns by sending you reminders via text or email when vehicles are due for tire rotations, tune-ups, or other preventive maintenance
  • Eliminate mechanic guesswork by providing you with Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) that pinpoint specific maintenance issues

Read on for more about managing compliance.

Source 1: https://www.cvsa.org/news-entry/2019-roadcheck-results/

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