02 May 2018

International Roadcheck’s Hours-of-Service Compliance Focus May Strain U.S. Trucking

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck initiative, founded in 1988, is the largest targeted enforcement program for commercial vehicles in world and conducted annually across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

This year, International Roadcheck is scheduled for June 5-7 with a specific focus on driver hours-of-service (HOS) compliance and will likely further strain the tight capacity of domestic U.S. trucking.

Since the full enforcement of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate on April 1, 2018, truckers have been forced to limit their driving time to legal parameters as manual reporting methods went digital.  Now, as the 72-hour Roadcheck inspection draws nearer, the implementation of electronic logging devices may pull even more capacity from the market as violators are placed out-of-service.  In 2017, 32% of drivers were placed out-of-service due to hours-of-service violations.

WHAT IS BEING INSPECTED?

The International Roadcheck inspection examines the drivers, operating requirements, and vehicle mechanics in the 37-step North American Standard Level 1 Inspection.

Vehicle evaluation will focus on:

  • brake systems
  • cargo security
  • coupling devices
  • driveline/driveshaft
  • exhaust systems
  • framework
  • fuel systems
  • lighting
  • steering
  • suspensions
  • tires
  • trailer bodies
  • wheels
  • rims & hubs
  • windshield wipers

Drivers must be wearing a seat belt, provide operating credentials, hours-of service compliance, and not be under the influence of drugs/alcohol.

PASS

If no critical violations are found during the examination, the certified inspector will apply a CVSA decal to the vehicle.

FAIL

If violating conditions meet the North American Out-of-Service Criteria, the driver or vehicle may be placed out-of-service until qualification criteria has been met.

For more information about International Roadcheck, visit cvsa.org.

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