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Get Ready for 2021 International Roadcheck

Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer inspecting trailer.
Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will hold its 33rd Annual International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement blitz from May 4-6. This year’s event will emphasize lighting and hours of service, which ranked 3rd and 1st among last year’s vehicle and driver out-of-service violations, respectively. According to CVSA President Sgt. John Samis of the Delaware State Police, “CVSA shares the dates of International Roadcheck in advance to remind motor carriers and drivers of the importance of proactive vehicle maintenance and driver readiness. International Roadcheck also aims to raise awareness of the North American Standard Inspection Program and the essential highway safety rules and regulations in place to keep our roadways safe.” Previous Roadchecks have focused on driver requirements, hazardous materials, cargo securement, and tire safety.

During the 3-day event, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will be conducting 37-step North American Standard Level-1 Inspections of large trucks and buses at inspection sites, weigh stations, and roving patrol locations along major highways in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Inspectors will review driver operating credentials and hours-of-service logs, check seat belt usage, and look for alcohol and/or drug impairment. They will also check braking systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveshaft, fuel and exhaust systems, frames, lighting devices, steering and suspension, trailers, tires and wheels, and windshield wipers.

Drivers who pass inspections will get a CVSA decal for their truck. Those that fail will be placed out of service until their violations are corrected.

According to Captain Matt Couchmann of the Washington State Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Division, “The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has the goal of reducing the number of ‘at-fault’ commercial-vehicle-related collisions on state routes and interstates within the State of Washington.  A WSP strategy to achieve this goal is to participate in all federal commercial motor vehicle emphasis campaigns. International Roadcheck is one of these emphases.” 

The Washington State Patrol ranks the most common commercial vehicle inspection violations in the following order:

1. Lights

2. Load securement

3. Tires

4. Brake adjustments

5. Suspension

The top most common driver-related violations are, in order:

1. Size/width of vehicle

2. Failure to obey traffic control devices (left lane violations)

3. Speeding

4. Hours of service violations

5. Seatbelts

One of the best ways to prevent costly violations is to do a pre-trip inspection. Sharpen up your inspection skills by using the pre-trip simulation tool from KeepTruckingSafe.org.

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Rescheduled International Roadcheck is September 9-11

WSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer inspecting truck

Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol

Postponed since March by COVID-19, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will hold its 33rd annual International Roadcheck inspection blitz from September 9-11. This year’s focus will be on driver operating requirements. U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data shows that of approximately 3.36 million roadside inspections in 2019, 952,938 driver violations were found, including 199,722 out-of-service conditions. In past years the event focused on steering and suspension, hours-of-service, hazardous materials/dangerous goods, cargo securement, and tire safety.

Over the 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will step up North American Standard Level-1 Inspections across highways in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The 37-step inspection includes checking driver requirements and vehicle mechanical systems. For the driver’s portion, inspectors will ask to see operating credentials and hours-of-service logs, check seat belt usage, and be attentive to alcohol and/or drug impairment. Mechanical fitness inspections include checking brake, light, fuel, drivetrain, suspension, and exhaust systems, and several other areas. Vehicles that pass inspection are eligible to receive a CVSA decal. Those that fail inspection will be placed out of service until the violations are corrected.

According to CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police “Although the coronavirus pandemic, understandably, shifted priorities and personnel during the spring, the commercial motor vehicle law enforcement community has reasserted its focus on the roadside inspection program and enforcement duties.”

Washington State Patrol regularly participates in the yearly inspection spree. “The Washington State Patrol (WSP) has the goal of reducing the number of ‘at-fault’ commercial-vehicle-related collisions on state routes and interstates within the State of Washington,” according to Captain Matt Couchman of the WSP’s Motor Carrier Safety Division. “A WSP strategy to achieve this goal is to participate in all federal commercial motor vehicle emphasis campaigns. International Roadcheck is one of these emphases.” 

One of the best ways to prevent costly violations is to do a pre-trip vehicle inspection. Sharpen up your inspection skills by using the pre-trip simulation tool from KeepTruckingSafe.org.

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