From May 4, 2021, to May 6, 2021, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will be conducting its annual International Roadcheck. Over this 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers.
With heightened scrutiny coming right around the corner, fleets need to prepare for International Roadcheck 2021. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a Q&A detailing some of the most common questions people have about this week.
Q&A: International Roadcheck 2021
What will inspectors be looking for this year?
Vehicles will undergo typical inspections, but this year, inspectors will be focusing on two types of violations in particular: HOS and inoperable lamps.
Why are they focusing on these two types of violations?
According to the FMCSA, the #1 vehicle out-of-service violation last year was “inoperable lamps,” accounting for approximately 12.24% of all vehicle violations. Similarly, during last year’s International Roadcheck, the #1 driver out-of-service violation was HOS, accounting for 34.7% of all driver violations.
How can I best prepare for International Roadcheck 2021?
- Prepare your drivers. Make sure they complete a pre-trip inspection before moving their vehicle in the morning. Additionally, make sure they know what to expect during an inspection.
- Prepare your drivers. Make sure your drivers have the proper documentation, and understand the significance of each item.
- Prepare your drivers. When inspected, ensure your drivers are ready to present the inspector with instructions for accessing their E-logs, a blank log book, their CDL, their truck registration, and paperwork.
- Prepare your drivers. Manners and attitude go a long way during an inspection. Make sure they are wearing a mask and politely greet the inspector as they approach. This will set the tone for the rest of the inspection.
Is this year different because of COVID-19?
As was the case last year, in consideration of COVID-19, law enforcement personnel will conduct inspections following their departments’ health and safety protocols. Additionally, COVID-19 vaccine shipments will not be held up for inspection, unless there is an obvious serious violation that is an imminent hazard.
How many trucks are they going to inspect as part of International Roadcheck 2021?
International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world. On average, nearly 15 trucks or buses are inspected every minute across North America during the 72-hour period.
Is there a benefit for passing my inspection?
Vehicles that successfully pass a Level I or Level V inspection without any critical vehicle inspection item violations should receive a CVSA decal. In general, vehicles with a CVSA decal are not re-inspected during the three-month period during which the decal is valid. Also, every defect free inspection improves your CSA scores.
This all seems like a lot. Do you have a flyer I can place in my terminal to make sure my drivers know what’s happening?
Sure enough, the CVSA has created a flyer you can post in convenient areas. Find it here.
How to Prepare for Next Year’s International Roadcheck
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