The CVSA roadside inspection blitz is almost here. Is your fleet ready?
Each year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) runs their annual International Roadcheck on commercial vehicles. Starting Monday, September 9, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, and federal inspectors will perform inspections on trucks and buses across North America.
This year’s focus is on the driver requirements component of a roadside inspection. According to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) data, of the approximately 3.36 million inspections conducted in 2019, 952,938 driver violations were discovered, of which 199,722 were out-of-service conditions.
“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,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “Jurisdictions are nearly back to their pre-pandemic capacity with a strengthened concentration on identifying and removing unfit vehicles and drivers from our roadways using federal safety standards and the out-of-service criteria.”
Drivers who are operating without the proper driver credentials; in possession of or under the influence of drugs or alcohol; operating while ill, fatigued or showing other signs of impairment; or in violation of hours-of-service rules may be placed out of service, which means that vehicle will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected.
Since its inception in 1988, the Roadcheck is estimated to have performed more than 1.4 million inspections, according to the CVSA.
For more information about standard out-of-service criteria during this this year’s Roadcheck, please visit the CVSA website.