First Roadside Inspection Blitz of 2020
The annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck dates, along with inspection details, have been released for 2020. The roadcheck is usually during June but it has been moved up to May 5-7. CVSA decided to change the dates in hopes that most states will have better weather during this time. This year will include focused Level 1 inspections on driver requirements due to the final deadline of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate.
International Roadcheck is the largest targeted commercial motor vehicle (CMV) inspection blitz in the world with over 12,000 trucks and drivers being put out of service from the 2019 blitz alone. FMCSA participates in this event to promote the regulations set forth for drivers and their vehicles. For seventy-two hours, there are inspections happening every minute with an average of 17 vehicles inspected per minute.
Inspectors will make sure drivers have the following: updated medical card, motor vehicle record (MVR), pre and post inspections recorded, etc. They will also check to see if the driver is fatigued or has drug and/or alcohol possession or impairment. The Level 1 inspection checks to ensure critical items (i.e. brakes system and lights) are working properly. If there are no violations found, a CVSA decal will be put on the vehicle to show it passed. Drivers who earn this badge treat the decal as gold.
CVSA releases the dates for the annual roadcheck early to allow drivers to get themselves and their vehicle prepared. This is a reminder to be ready for a roadside inspection at all times. While the International Roadcheck is only 72-hours, roadside inspections happen every day of the year to ensure drivers and their vehicles are properly vetted and cared for. This ensures not only the safety of the driver but also the safety of every other driver on the roadways.
For more information from CVSA about Roadcheck 2020, click here.