Previously postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 considerations, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has rescheduled this year’s International Roadcheck for September 9-11. This high-volume, high-visibility 72-hour annual enforcement event aims to highlight the importance of commercial motor vehicle safety through roadside inspections.
As with past years, this CVSA initiative chooses to emphasize a specific category of violations. This year’s will focus on driver requirements. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, last year, 3.36 million inspections were conducted, and of those, 944,794 driver violations were discovered, of which 195,545 met out-of-service criteria.
The top 10 driver-related violations found during driver roadside inspections, according to the CVSA, are:
- Failure to use a seat belt while operating a commercial motor vehicle
- Record of duty status violation (general/from and manner)
- Operating a property-carrying vehicle without a valid medical certificate
- Operating a commercial motor vehicle without a CDL
- False report of record of duty status
- ELD – No record of duty status (ELD is required)
- No medical certificate in driver’s possession
- Driver’s record of duty status not current
- Driver failed to maintain supply of blank records of duty status graph grids
- Driver failed to maintain ELD instruction sheet
On December 16, 2019, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate went into full effect, requiring drivers to record, track and submit their hours-of-service and records of duty status using ELDs, so the 2020 International Roadcheck’s focus on drivers should come as no surprise. This will be a big test for carriers, especially those who just a few months ago may have made the switch from an AOBRD system to an ELD.
During the International Roadcheck, CVSA-certified inspectors will primarily conduct North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough of inspections, examining the driver’s operating requirements as well the overall mechanical fitness of his or her vehicle. Aim’s International Roadcheck webinar will review what inspectors will be looking for, particularly on the driver’s end.
Aim customers can always contact their local Aim representative with any safety- or compliance-related questions or concerns.