International Roadcheck 2018 is underway, with a focus on hours of service

June 5, 2018

Land Line Staff


Today is the first day of International Roadcheck, a 72-hour enforcement blitz conducted by law enforcement agencies who participate in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. Over that period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers.

This year’s Roadcheck will focus on hours-of-service compliance, according to CVSA president Capt. Christopher Turner, of the Kansas Highway Patrol. The No. 1 reason drivers were placed out of service in 2017 was for hours-of-service violations.

“It will be interesting as this will provide us with a baseline for how we’re doing with hours of service with the implementation of the ELD (mandate),” Turner said in a phone interview with Land Line Now on Tuesday.

Turner said even though electronic logs are now required in most commercial vehicles, there are still ways for drivers to end up out of service due to log violations.

“While the ELD monitors (hours), there are override systems,” he said.

CVSA’s International Roadcheck is scheduled to conclude Thursday, June 7.

During International Roadcheck, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure examining both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.

The vehicle inspection includes checking brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Additional items for buses include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.

Drivers are asked to provide their operating credentials and hours-of-service documentation, and they will be checked for seat belt use. Inspectors also will be attentive to apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.

If no critical inspection item violations are found during a Level I Inspection, a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle, indicating that the vehicle successfully passed a decal-eligible inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified inspector.

If an inspector does identify critical inspection item violations, he or she may render the driver or vehicle out of service if the condition meets the North American out-of-service criteria. This means the driver cannot operate the vehicle until the vehicle and/or driver qualification violation(s) are corrected.

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with around 17 trucks and buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period. Since its inception in 1988, more than 1.5 million roadside inspections have been conducted during International Roadcheck campaigns.

International Roadcheck is a CVSA program with participation by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).