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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