Roadside Inspection Blitz – New Dates for July 2020
The annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck was originally scheduled for May with a focus on driver requirements but due to COVID-19, it was postponed. The new dates have been released for July 12-18, 2020 with a focus on unsafe driving behaviors.
The change in focus is attributed to COVID-19 as well. With fewer vehicles on roadways, it seems some drivers have felt the urge to ignore traffic laws, such as speed limits. Average speeds have increased by as much as 75% during this time in several major cities.
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.
CVSA releases the dates for the annual road check 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.
Additional information about the Blitz, here.