Why are drivers staying off the road this week?

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will be conducting its annual International Roadcheck June 5-7. The three-day inspection of truck and bus transportation will be focused on hours-of-service compliance—partially due to the recent ELD mandate.

During the 2017 International Roadcheck, most drivers were placed out of service for hours-of-service violations. The ELD mandate does not change the rules or exceptions currently in effect. Instead, it emphasizes the importance of the hours-of-service regulations in place.

Throughout the Roadcheck, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will be performing a full North American Standard Level I inspection on most rigs. The 37-step inspection is the most thorough and includes the examination of both driver compliance and vehicle-related violations. Drivers can expect inspectors to check brake systems, coupling devices, exhaust systems, cargo securement, tires, wheels, rims and hubs, driveline/driveshaft components, frames, fuel systems, van and open-top trailer bodies, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, and windshield wipers. Operating credentials and hours-of-service documentation are expected to be provided during inspection.

According to the CVSA, an average of 15 trucks and buses are inspected every minute during International Roadcheck across North America. During last year’s inspection, nearly 15,000 out-of-service orders were issued. Enforcement personnel conducted more than 62,000 vehicle safety inspections on trucks and buses during the 72-hour Roadcheck.