Truckers across North America will be pulled over and inspected by the tens of thousands next week. International Roadcheck will run from May 4th through May 6th, so get your gear in order!
Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance spearheads International Roadcheck. It’s a cooperative effort between CMV enforcement officers in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
Over the course of the 3-day inspection blitz, around 50,000 inspections will take place. The vast majority will be Level I inspections taking place in the United States.
In addition to the standard Level I inspections, CMV inspectors pay special attention to a specific aspect of regulatory compliance. This year inspectors will be focused on Hours of Service (HOS) compliance, and vehicle lighting.
Some truckers make it a habit to park their rigs during Roadcheck figuring that they’ll come out about even. But this year with spot rates at record highs and driver pay skyrocketing, skipping out on those driving days could mean leaving major money on the table.
So, take extra care during your pretrip, and if you spot anything that could use some work, get it taken care of. Keep your head on a swivel and the shiny side up!
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Stephen Mcleod says
Nothing but harassment of hard-working blue-collar Americans. Creed!! So they can ask for more funding next year.
Been driving almost 38 years and only put out of service once for HOS issues. And that was over 20 years ago before electronic logs.
Jared Thompson says
I’d still be parking the truck it’s been shown time and time again the DOTis no longer concerned about safety they’re concerned about revenue and well right now most of these states are pretty much broke because of this COVID garbage haha so good luck
Y are wright
I have a fleet of trucks and every 6mths Dot comes to my office to inspect half of them on rotation because I have two grease pits in my shop. One Sargent just told me Friday ” Even though you have the right sticker there’s still a 70% chance they pull your driver’s in” And that reason he said is the state (NY) has been told to find something wrong.
Oh no. NY, say it ain’t so!
Holly Wood says
Hahah….sounds about right to me
I agree that we, as truckers should be safe at all times and keep our trucks up to speed for everyone’s safety, especially during these times. Generic answer to an extent, but that is to keep us safe from the traffic that has vastly multiplied, with everyone in a hurry to go nowhere fast, while texting, driving with no lights on, especially while raining and during the dark hours, oh and the excessive speeding. I don’t think its about the money, if so there would be a speed and/or red light cam on every corner catching 94% of people violating these laws, and as truckers we all know its true. Crazy world as it always has been, just getting worse on the roads, wonder how much it would change if we all changed jobs and left it up to these people to figure out how the supply chain works and everyone just respect each other on the road. Be safe everyone and god bless all.
Oh no! Not the phoney @$$ blitz again. Anything but that. Not the briar patch mr. Woof. No!!!!
It really would be more honest if the feds would just levi another tax and do away with this grand preannounced show.
Hey , let’s go catch some evil doers but first this announcement! It’s just so greasy and ethically challenged . That’s ethics not ethnics, y’know just in case there are still some of ya’all that can’t read ner’ write worth a whit.
I totally agree! Why announce it. Just normal business as usual. Another way to get more money.
Eric j skaggs says
When did our pay “sky rocket” i must have been sick that day or something.
Yeah! Back in the good old day! Lol
George Colvin says
It would be best if the blitz was used to help drivers by pointing out problems without any penalty. Safety is also a driver’s priority by working together to help keep all of us safe and remove the negative image of the DOT officers. We should work together.
No r th Carolina already started,bend over hand ure wallet to the man
Thaddeus Cole says
Why make this grand announcement every time it comes up? Just make it part of the routine like every year ( May) to keep carriers n driver’s up to par on their equipment! Period
Lady Doe says
Never about safety, all about the money
You are right! Truckers = easy targets. US gov need money.
You never see every year, a bunch of law enforcement catch the gangs, drug dealers… too dangerous even they get a lot of (dirty) money. It should be great for “SAFETY for our kids and for the HUMANITY”.
Anyway they won’t bother the mega carriers like FedEx or UPS Old Dominion or those in general that pulls double and speeds all year long causing deadly accidents over and over again.
Their focus is for the little guys 1-50 trucks…..and it will be a lot longer then 3 days.
So parking is not the answer because anyway eventually those trucks in trouble will get in shop one way or another anyway.
Eddie Moore says
Before you post you should check out what you are saying about FedEx and UPS because they do get pull over for inspections.
Ricky Pennington says
Just put in some new low and high beam lights, greased 5th wheel, checked all trail er lights, tires brakes, etc… All the things that need to be greased, aired, tightened, washed, and polished has been done.
That’s exactly what DOT tells me about checking my trucks alone with loose lugs, steering, and the usual. Just just do your normal weekend upkeep on your trucks drivers, don’t loose any money for something you know you need to repair. Keeps those wheels rolling.
Legal money maker
Sheriff John says
Some say it’s about the money, which is not true, if you think so, then explain where money is involved as a result of bad inspection? Drivers and carriers are not fined for Level 1 CFR violations. Now, if you’re a jerk to the inspector, they probably would cite a driver on a state violation, but that is an uncommon event in my experience of being inspected and speaking with other drivers who were inspected. Being “red tagged” for an OOS is not about money, it’s about faulty equipment in need of repair. With that said, where is it about money?
They can and do cite monetary fines.
David Alex Miller says
Amazing how they bite the hand that’s feeds them,they treat drivers like criminals
After “Briar Rabbit and the Tar Babies”, we won’t be hearing any more Briar Rabbit stories. The literary reference is likely lost on all but the oldest amongst us…
Brian Miller says
If you have your stuff together who cares about an enforcement blitz. If you’re an outlaw it probably already shows.
Legalized EXTORTION and the fleecing of American taxpayers.
How about the FMCSA and the USDOT put emphasis on NON ENGLISH SPEAKING CDL-A holders out of service?!
That would be “ethnical”, and not “ethical”, driver…
Ray Mathieu says
When did truck driving become a Blue collar job again ? Did we somehow get slung back to 1975 again ? COOL !