WHAT IS IT?
Roadcheck is an annual event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), North America’s leading commercial vehicle enforcement organization. Within a 3-day period, 10,000 CVSA and FMCSA inspectors conduct roadside inspections at more than 1,500 locations. The goal of this event is to increase safety and security on the highways and reduce the number of crashes involving commercial vehicles.
WHO NEEDS TO COMPLY?
All commercial motor vehicles (trucks, buses, and motorcoaches), plus all CMV drivers of those vehicles, could be subject to a roadside inspection.
WHEN IS THE 2015 EVENT?
The event begins at midnight on June 2 and runs for 72 straight hours — JUNE 2-4.
WHY IS COMPLIANCE CRITICAL?
Last year, during Roadcheck 2014, 23% of all the vehicles inspected were placed out of service. Nearly 1 in 4 vehicles!
WHAT WERE SOME OF THE TOP VIOLATIONS FROM ROADCHECK 2014:
• Total inspections — 73,475
• Vehicle out-of-service rate — 23%
• Cargo securement violations in relation to all OOS violations — 11.5%
• Brake-related violations in relation to all vehicle OOS violations — 46.2%
• Driver out-of-service rate — 4.8%
• Seatbelt violations issued — 825
That’s just a sampling of last year’s results.
WHAT CAN I DO TO BE PREPARED?
To help ensure your vehicles and drivers are prepared to pass a comprehensive inspection, such as Roadcheck 2015, we’ve gathered some of our top educational choices from safety expert J.J. Keller that can help you protect your safety reputation, CSA BASIC scores, and bottom line.
The CSA Handbook – A Complete Guide for CMV Drivers is the only handbook that covers all information CMV interstate truck and bus drivers need to operate successfully under CSA. Provides fingertip access to explanations of the seven BASICs, severity tables, and tips for avoiding the most common violations. Explains how to prepare for roadside inspections, rights during inspection, what not to do, and steps to take after inspection.
Out of Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial Edition identifies Critical Vehicle Inspection Items following a roadside inspection. Details criteria that can prohibit a motor carrier or operator from driving or operating a commercial motor vehicle for a specified period of time or until the condition is corrected. Includes a full set of CVSA Inspection Schematics.
Roadside Inspections: A Driver’s Guide – DVD Training is specifically tailored for drivers and carriers to help them pass roadside inspections, and covers the following topics:
– Roadside inspections – who conducts them and why
– The Six Levels of Inspections
– How drivers should prepare for a roadside inspection
– How drivers should prepare their vehicles for a roadside inspection
– How drivers should conduct themselves during a roadside inspection
– CVSA out-of-service criteria
– Results and consequences of a failed roadside inspection
Are your vehicles inspection-ready? And your drivers, too? If not, either or both could be placed out of service. And that can lead to a multitude of negative consequences, including delayed shipments, lost revenue, a tarnished company image, loss of customers, DOT penalties, and a hit to your CSA BASIC scores.
Are your vehicles and drivers ready for Roadcheck 2015? Let us know what your biggest challenges are this year in our comments section below.
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