10-4 May Safety Brief
Roadcheck June 5-7
Not many issues in the trucking industry have created as much buzz as the ELD mandate and HOS compliance. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that the annual Roadcheck led by CVSA will focus on those issues. Roadcheck will take place from June 5-7, 2018. In that timeframe motor carriers can expect elevated roadside inspections. Last year the top reason drivers were placed out of service was HOS violations. The top reason trucks were placed out of service were violations related to brakes. Law enforcement conducted more than 63,000 inspections during the 72-hour event last year.
Planning for Roadcheck
Roadcheck 2018 is an opportunity to showcase your company’s safety. With the elevated number of inspections happening you can positively impact your CSA scores with clean inspections. One of the best ways to avoid violations at any roadside inspection is a thorough pre-trip inspection. If you have any questionable maintenance issues or have open ticket items on your DVIRs, now is the time to get them taken care of. Below is a link to the level 1 inspection checklist so you can be fully prepared.
Drivers will be instructed to pull into mobile or fixed inspection sites. The inspection procedure will begin with an interview of the driver. This is when the inspector will check all the driver’s paperwork including logs. During the interview the officer will be assessing the driver’s condition and looking for signs of fatigue. Once this is complete the officer will give the driver instructions for the vehicle portion of the inspection.
Special emphasis has been placed on hours of service this year. With the introduction of electronic logs and the new requirements for supporting documentation it will be imperative that drivers are following the HOS guidelines. Drivers will need to know if they are using an ELD or AOBRD and the procedures for getting those logs to the inspector. Drivers will also be expected to be able to navigate and explain their device.
Here is a link to a Level 1 inspection checklist from the CVSA: