Norwalk, CT | June 1, 2018 The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual International Roadcheck, a three-day commitment to truck and bus enforcement across North America, is scheduled for June 5-7, 2018.
According to the CVSA, International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 15 trucks or buses inspected every minute across North America by trained enforcement officers during a continuous three-day period.
This year's focus will be on hours of service compliance as a direct result of the recent U.S. Department of Transportation's mandate of electronic logging devices. However, CMV drivers and carriers should not let their guard down. Inspectors will be conducting various levels of inspections, including Level I inspections that target both driver compliance and vehicle maintenance.
During last year's three-day event, 15,000 commercial motor vehicles were placed out-of-service - 12,000 for vehicle-related violations while 3,000 were for driver-related violations. Violations for non-compliance to hours of service regulations and brakes were the highest infractions. Enforcement officers conducted more than 63,000 inspections last year.
So what steps should you take to prepare for International Roadcheck 2018? Here are a few suggestions.
Conduct a thorough vehicle inspection at the start of your trip and at every status change interval.
Eliminate observable defects such as lights that are not operational, a cracked windshield, or tires that are under inflated or flat. Not all vehicles passing through a scale house will be inspected, but an observable defect is an open invitation.
Inspect your load. Within the first 50 miles of travel, inspect and adjust load-securing devices. After 50 miles, cargo must be re-examined at every change of duty status or after the vehicle has been driven for three hours or 150 miles.
Understand your electronic logging device if you are required to use one. The driver is required to be trained on its operation - not the enforcement officer.
Ensure that your hours of service are current to the last duty change and that you comply to Part 395 requirements.
Inspect your CDL or driver's license and medical certification before you begin driving.
Know what level inspection is being conducted on you or your vehicle. There are eight different inspection levels that target certain and different compliance aspects. Only violations associated with that type of inspection can be counted toward your CSA BASIC score. For instance, the only relevant violations, citations or warnings for a Level lll inspection, which is a driver-only inspection, are driver related.
Conduct yourself professionally.
Visit the CVSA website for valuable inspection preparedness information, including upcoming weeklong training classes being offered.
Be reminded that a roadside inspection will most likely affect your driver and company CSA score. A clean inspection can improve your score, whether conducted between June 5-7 or any other day of the year. A good vehicle inspection and regard to safety compliance is a 365-day effort that will return positive results.
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Robert Petrancosta brings 43 years of transportation experience, regulatory knowledge & industry leadership skills to Safety Management Systems, Inc. Currently, Mr. Petrancosta is VP of Fleet Safety for SMS360 and is now part of a team focused on the challenges faced by single drivers and small fleets, providing affordable access to the very same tools that big fleets use.
Mr. Petrancosta began his transportation career as a truck driver and spent 25 years with Con-way Freight where he was responsible for all Safety and Compliance issues for the entire Con-way Freight organization before retiring as their Vice President of Safety. Mr. Petrancosta has also most recently served as a Senior Safety Consultant for FedEx Ground.
Mr. Petrancosta has been an active member of several American Trucking Associations Committees including the Hazardous Materials Committee (Chair), the Safety Policy Committee, the Hours of Service Subcommittee, the Occupational Safety & Health Committee, the Regulations Committee (Chair), and the National Truck Driving Championships Committee. He has been appointed by the Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to serve three two-year terms on the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee. In 2006 Bob was awarded the ATA Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council's Leadership Award. In 2012 he was awarded the ATA Safety Director of the Year Award.
Mr. Petrancosta has testified on behalf of the industry before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; Occupational Safety and Health Administration; and the Pipeline, Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
Mr. Petrancosta has partnered with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute on various safety technology initiatives and has authored several industry safety articles, including an Op-Ed article in USA Today on the physiological dangers of texting and driving.