Each year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducts a three day or 72 hour road check on commercial vehicles from Canada to Mexico. This year the Roadcheck will take place June 5-7 and inspectors will be on the lookout of all violations, including out-of-service and logbook violations.
For Roadcheck, the CVSA uses approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, and federal inspectors at 1,500 locations across North America to perform the truck and bus inspections. Roadcheck began in 1988 and since that time, the number of inspections conducted for the event has numbered over 1 Million, resulting in more than 220 lives saved and 4,045 injuries avoided. “Roadcheck is about law enforcement partners throughout North America working together for greater truck and bus safety,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. From the last Roadcheck, conducted in 2011, the CVSA stated that the number of out-of-service violations was the lowest it has ever been and this year they hope to see the number even lower.
Some things you can do to be sure you are ready for this year’s Roadcheck are making sure your log books are accurate and that both you and your vehicle are up to par. Make sure you have your commercial license and your medical certificate, as both of these are things the inspectors may check.
Roadside inspections are conducted every day across the nation. In the year 2010, 3.9 million inspections were conducted for the year. During Roadcheck is not the only time you may be cited by an inspector and because of this, it is important to be sure you are always operating legally and that both you and your truck are in the order you need to be. Truck driving safety should be one of the top priorities in your truck driver job. To learn more about safety in the trucking industry, visit the CVSA website.