The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that this year’s International Roadcheck will have a specific focus on hours-of-service compliance.
The commercial motor vehicle inspection event will take place on June 5th through the 7th throughout North America, including the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
According to the CVSA press release, inspectors will be primarily conducting Level 1 inspections, during which the driver’s operating requirements and the vehicle’s mechanical fitness will be examined. This inspection includes the checking of brake systems, cargo securement, lighting devices, steering mechanisms and more while the truck drivers will be asked to provide their operating credentials and hours-of-service documentation.
“Although the electronic logging device (ELD) rule that went into effect on Dec. 18, 2017, does not change any of the underlying hours-of-service rules or exceptions, the ELD mandate placed a spotlight on hours-of-service compliance,” said CVSA President, Captain Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol.
“We thought this year would be a perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of the hours-of-service regulations.”
If a commercial vehicle is found to have critical inspection item violations during the inspection, the vehicle or driver may be placed out of service until the vehicle or driver qualification violations are remedied.
“The top reason drivers were placed out of service during 2017 International Roadcheck was for hours-of-service violations,” continued Turner.
“Thirty-two percent of drivers who were placed out of service during last year’s three-day International Roadcheck were removed from our roadways due to violations related to hours-of-service regulations. It’s definitely an area we need to call attention to this year.”