What you can expect from a 2017 Roadcheck
It’s nearly that time of year again, with the annual vehicle and driver “Roadcheck” event taking place throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico from June 6 – 8. This 72-hour Roadcheck event is the perfect opportunity to positively impact your Compliance, Safety, Accountability data (CSA) as nearly three times more roadside inspections take place during this time than on any other day of the year.
It’s important to be informed and prepared for the annual Roadcheck event to prevent yourself from being caught off guard during a roadside inspection. Drivers should understand how their vehicle will be inspected, how to follow any instructions that the inspector gives, as well as how to handle themselves during the roadside inspection. Knowing this information and being prepared will help you ease through the process comfortably.
One of the main focus areas during the 2016 Roadcheck event was the inspection of tires and wheels, which accounted for 18.5 percent of the total percentage of out-of-service violations. The CVSA has announced that the main focus area for this year’s 2017 Roadcheck event is cargo securement. Inspection officers will not only check for cargo securement violations but will also be checking to see if drivers are performing their own required cargo securement inspections while en route.
Some of the load securement violations during the 2016 Roadcheck that you should keep in mind for this year’s inspection are:
- Failure to prevent shifting/loss of load
- Failure to secure truck equipment (tarps, dunnage, doors, tailgates, spare tires)
- Damaged/insufficient/loose tie-downs
Regardless of the type of vehicle being operated, it’s important for drivers to inspect their cargo areas within the first 50 miles after leaving, at every duty change, every 150 miles, or after 3 hours of driving time, whichever comes first. Even for those who drive vans and refrigerated trucks, it’s important to understand that cargo inspections still apply unless the cargo is sealed into a trailer or otherwise impractical to inspect.
If you happen to come upon a 2017 Roadcheck, you may be instructed to pull your vehicle into a roadside inspection area where the inspection officer will first conduct an interview. The interview process will include assessing if the driver can answer simple questions, follow simple instructions, and if they appear to have some type of impairment such as being under the influence, fatigued, or cannot speak English. Should the vehicle need inspection as well, the driver will be provided with instructions regarding the process. Additionally, the roadside inspector will check the following:
- Driver credentials (Driver’s License/CDL, medical certificate)
- Driver’s hours-of-service compliance (logbook)
- Carrier and vehicle credential documents
- Shipping papers
If no violations are found during the inspection, it will be noted on the driver and carriers record as a clean inspection, which will positively impact their Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) score. Should any minor violations be found that do not require immediate repair, the carrier will be given 15 days to complete the repairs and the violations will be counted against the carrier and possibly the driver in the FMCSA’s CSA Safety Measurement System. However, if the violations are serious enough then the driver and/or vehicle will be placed out of service until the problems are resolved. The vehicle can either be repaired on the spot or may need to be towed to a repair facility.
The importance of keeping your CSA score low is critical since high scores can lead to an FMCSA intervention. These roadside inspections can help to keep your score down, as well as lowering higher scores, as long as you have a clean inspection of no violations. These three days from June 6 – 8 are the perfect opportunities to get out on the road and have inspections done, just be sure to adhere to all of the regulations and you should receive a no violation, clean inspection! Replace your aging securement supplies before inspection. Shop parts.ectts.com and save with everyday low prices!