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International Roadcheck date fast approaching

International Roadcheck date fast approaching
During this year’s International Roadcheck, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will examine large trucks and motorcoaches and the driver’s documentation and credentials using the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s North American Standard Inspection Program procedures. (Courtesy: CVSA)

WASHINGTON — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced this year’s International Roadcheck dates as May 17-19.

International Roadcheck is 72-hour high-visibility, high-volume commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative, according to the CVSA.

Commercial motor vehicle inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will conduct North American Standard Inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers at weigh and inspection stations, on roving patrols, and at temporary inspection sites. Each year, CVSA focuses on a specific aspect of a roadside inspection.

This year, the focus will be on wheel ends.

“Wheel end components support the heavy loads carried by commercial motor vehicles, maintain stability and control, and are critical for braking,” CVSA said in its statement. “Violations involving wheel end components historically account for about one-quarter of the vehicle out-of-service violations discovered during International Roadcheck, and past International Roadcheck data routinely identified wheel end components as a top 10 vehicle violation.”

Professional drivers have mixed feelings about the annual law enforcement initiative.

Driver T. Jenkins of Alabama said he feels like standard patrols are enough.

“Anything more than that is just the government hounding us while we are trying to do our jobs,” Jenkins said. “It’s just an excuse to make money.”

Driver Hal Sanders of Illinois said he doesn’t have a problem with it, because, he said, it can help save lives.

“Think about some of these hot shots out here who think they law don’t apply to them,” Sanders said. “It will hopefully get them off the roads.”

CVSA reported that 83.5% of inspected vehicles had no violations that took a truck or a motor coach out of service during the 2021 roadcheck.

Inspectors across North America found that hours of service violations increased to 41.5% of all violations, up from 34.7% a year earlier. That was the largest category of violation.

CVSA conducted more than 40,000 inspection last year.

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To the article on CVSA; As a driver of 33 years now I find new drivers wanting to know how to use paper logs cos they want to run the way it was in the day. With that said “ I would tell them log what “you do” not what you think you can get “away with” using E-logs has made my job task much easier then “paper logs” as to trying cheat the system or FMCSA CFR-149 in JJ-Keller hand book of regulation hours of service. But I find they have no clue what I’m talking about!
I see lots of drivers getting fuel don’t open the hood or do pre-trip as they’re fueling.” Most of us do but very few of us are out here anymore! It’s a new breed out here as there is a new breed of DOT officers. The millenniums and the Z’s are taking over pushing me out of existents! Now too often the middle lane is not a passing lane no more they ride the middle with other traffic of cars and others. The 30 minute break that is mandated is the side of the road. Dangerous stupid and uncalled for! That is a risk of everybody’s lives. On the E logs it will tell you you have plenty time that your E log will tell you when to take a break a 30 minute! A safe haven is not the side of the road. Why is there not anything done about this? Can somebody please tell me? The restaurants in truckstops is no more. The millenniums are too much in the hurry and on the edge of their seats continuous. This is a big problem! And who is teaching these drivers to do this? Is there any safety in trucking companies anymore? And do they know they do this on the side of road 30 minute break? That goes for all the companies out here! I thought safety comes first. When they are done with their 30 minute break they join the traffic from a stop position on the side of the road! I had it done to me a driver pulled out in front of me as I’m doing the speed limit. In full traffic. This has got to stop! The other is EarPods in both ears or watching a movie while they’re driving a truck and texting this is uncontrollable! I am furious nothing is done about this. The other is north CBs in these company trucks! Wonder why such a huge pile ups on the interstates? Most of the time they blame it on the weather. In actuality it is the chauffeur of the truck and other vehicles on the highways. Electronic has become a menace on the highways big time distraction!!! I have a chauffeur license since I have been 18 years of age I had a CDL now with 5,000,000 miles of highways behind me. Accident free! I have paid my dues of fines! But I’m not going to pay for my funeral or other people for their negligence on the highways it has gone crazy anymore. You can’t ride a mule from a Nother country and drive a car or a big truck without knowing how to do first period!

Why do we as truckers always face inspections that do nothing for safety? Four wheelers are constantly running the highways with defective vehicles, ie’ bad tires, brakes, headlights / tail lights missing or out. Windshields that have road maps in them. Yet here we are again facing another inspection blitz. Now next month we will face another inspection by the FMCSA. WHY?????

Will be 72 hours of creating more of a supply chain slow down, if they were concerned about safety they would focus on driver training, it’s more about revenue enhancement, but as a driver you have no choice but to comply. So be it

Instead of worrying so much about the trucks maybe just maybe they should start worrying about the brokers! Start implementing rules and regulations for them! If the trucks didn’t have to run so hard to make practically nothing then they would have more time to make sure they are in full compliance. The brokers really don’t do a dang thing but yet they are making a killing while the truck barley can pay for the fuel!

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