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Roadcheck 2018 Is Coming, And It's All About Hours of Service

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual International Roadcheck will run June 5-7, 2018.

During the International Roadcheck, inspectors will conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. This year’s blitz will place a special emphasis on hours-of-service compliance.rodrigo-abreu-565091-unsplash

Over the 72-hour blitz period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will inspect commercial motor vehicles and drivers. Drivers are required to provide their driver’s license, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation. As mentioned above, this year’s roadcheck will focus heavily on hours-of-service compliance.

According to the CVSA, 32 percent of drivers who were placed out of service during last year’s three-day blitz were removed from roadways due to hours-of-service violations. During the blitz, drivers must provide their operating credentials, hours-of-service documentation and will be checked for seatbelt usage. Inspectors will also be on the lookout for any apparent alcohol or drug impairment.

Other items evaluated in the inspection include brake systems, coupling devices, drivelines and driveshafts, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers and emergency exits.

If no critical inspection item violations are found during a Level I inspection, a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle, indicating that the vehicle successfully passed a decal-eligible inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified inspector.

If an inspector identifies any violations, they may render the driver or vehicle out of service until the violations are corrected. To read the official release from the CVSA about this year’s roadcheck, click here.

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