It’s almost time for the largest CMV enforcement blitz of the year. Get ready for International Roadcheck and don’t be one of the tens of thousands who find themselves put out of service!
This year’s International Roadcheck is scheduled for May 4th-6th. It is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Law enforcement and compliance officers throughout North America will take part in the inspection blitz.
During the 3-day event, CMV inspectors will perform tens of thousands of Level I inspections. In addition to the standard inspections, every year Roadcheck places an additional emphasis on one specific aspect of compliance. This year, inspectors will actually have TWO focus areas: Hours of Service (HOS) compliance and vehicle lighting.
This means that minor lighting issues that might normally go unnoticed or result in a warning could instead mean that your rig is parked until the issue gets taken care of.
Last year there were 50,151 inspections conducted as part of the Roadcheck program. Of those, 12,254 vehicles were placed OOS for equipment violations. That’s almost a 25% OOS rate. This doesn’t even include the 3,247 truckers who were placed OOS for driver violations.
Get that maintenance taken care of, keep your head on a swivel and the shiny side up!
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This must be where the term ‘ Highway Robbery’ comes from.
Erich E Whaples says
More crooked garbage by a crooked organization. The CVSA is nothing but a group of lazy law enforcement that help the FMCSA be an immenent danger to truckers and the general driving public.
What would you suggest to be done instead ?
Eric S says
Sorry Erich, I can’t agree. I find in general CVSA officers are polite and knowledgeable.
Imagine what our safety concerns would be without oversight. Think Mexico trucks have safety issues?
When are we not being blitzed? Seems every time the government needs more “revenue” they reach further in my pocket. Putting trucks OOS for petty reasons to justify their overreach.
Hank Farve says
Most states dropped the inspections for 4 wheelers and knew w that are all running around with burnt out lights. Why did they stop inspecting 4 wheelers. There’s a lot of money lost right there?
Forget defective equipment on 4 wheelers, when was the last time you saw one get pulled over for blinding traffic with their high beams, or cutting off a semi.?
Hank Farve says
Most states dropped the inspections for 4 wheelers and know they are all running around with burnt out lights. Why did they stop inspecting 4 wheelers. There’s a lot of money lost right there?
Hank Farve says
Most states dropped the inspections for 4 wheelers and now they are all running around with burnt out lights. Why did they stop inspecting 4 wheelers. There’s a lot of money lost right there?
already here ,they try to screw u out of money ,and bs their way to finding ways to shut you down ,very crooked and dishonest system
Keep your head on a swivel and keep the shiny side up.
Thank you for the incredibly helpful advice.
I’m ready to get inspected so bring it on.
Every driver should be ready every day for a blitz. No excuses.
N. Vanoye says
A single year is 365 days…
Why those people do just a 3 days blitz ?
They get paid by Tax Money all year
They’ve been doing it two or three times a year as of late. I guess they finally realized how much shakedown money they were missing out on.
S J says
All drivers should just park their truck from May 4th – May 6th and refuse to put up with the jobsite harassment.
Most won’t because so many are just clueless sheep that do whatever they are told.
Most won’t because they have hungry children to feed, house, and clothe. If you think a three-day shutdown won’t affect them just because nobody loves you, then you’re the one without a clue.
They already started this BS.
James Hall says
Safety blitz… more like money blitz. Truckers are just a rolling ATM for them.
Every driver should be ready to be inspected at any given moment. If the driver isn’t ready, why the hell are you out here being unsafe putting everyone around you in danger.
Personally I think the fines and CSA points should be higher for the companies including the drivers. I’ve just been seeing more and more of these trucks looking like it’s nothing but duct tape holding it together, freight on flatbeds barely secured, I could just keep on going.
But at the end of the day I realize we’re out here just trying to make a dollar.
Yea the reason we need these safety blitz is most of the commenters here that drive junk they won’t fix and whine about the fines. Yes these roads would look like mad max without the dot
You must be a non trucker or in a different country duct tape look at all these beat up cars going down the road 1 head light no brake lights cracked windshield I can go on and on that’s where the money at put public will cry smfh deauces
Equipment violations are the fault and responsibility of the carriers. All drivers can do is report the problems. If our options are limited to refusing to drive, then we’re being asked to take food out of our kids mouths. Start citing the carriers for not fixing reported problems, and stop citing drivers for driving with reported problems that carriers refuse to fix.
As it stands, if I write it up on a pre-trip, on a preloaded trailer in an unattended yard, I’m either parked until someone shows up with tools and parts to fix it (screwing up my schedule and logbook), or I have just admitted on a legal document, that I knew about the problem and took it out, anyway. All responsibility and all penalties for all circumstances and eventualities fall to the driver – the person least able to deal with the problem.
If we stop penalizing drivers for reporting, and start penalizing carriers for ignoring DVIRs, we just might make the roads a little safer. Of course, there would probably be a lot less revenue from citations, over tge long term, if we did. I guess it’s all in where your priorities lie…
They love the “I’m ready “type you say you are. Tell them that then tell them you want a”good boy” sticker when they’re done. Then truthfully disclose how much that cost you when all is said and done.
Jonathan Lee says
Take the week off yall are just begging for it if you run through those checks I go home every year at that time the fishing is really good
S J says
Go fishing, play video games or just spend time with your family. What would happen if no trucks drove for three days?
A bunch of company driver would get fired.
I’m a tanker yanker/hazmat.
They target us all of the time because they need to perform so many each year to keep their Hazmat certification. No issues, if your nice and polite, they usually get it over quickly. I rarely get a citation.
Almost here? I was pulled in twice within 5 hours. Perfect record. Those numbers must be met.
Every year it’s the same thing, they descend on us like vultures on road kill with a target number of OOS and other violations so they can justify their existence, yet the safer trucks and commercial drivers get the more reckless the motoring public becomes, and I can’t remember the last time I saw a car get pulled over after cutting off a semi, or blinding other traffic with landing light grade high beams.
All truckers are/were informed about the rules before they started their driving careers. Old school and Newbies. Its all about safety for you and the motoring public. Take pride in your equipment and yourself. Four wheelers have been and will continue to do foolish stunts. Thats why we are called “Professionals”.
Tell it to the carriers. They don’t foot the bill for citations stemming from their maintenance practices, so it’s easy for them to sing the “safety” song. Make them foot the bill, and see how fast they change tunes.