The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducted its 29th annual International Roadcheck 2016 from June 7- 9 earlier this year. The CVSA had released the results of that roadcheck 2016. In this post, we share those results with you and also discuss what fleets can do to pass these inspections quickly.
What is International Roadcheck?
It is CVSA’s largest targeted enforcement program on CMVs (Commercial Motor Vehicles) that occurs for a 72-hour period. During this blitz, thousands of CMVs are inspected throughout the USA, Mexico, and Canada for compliance and safety; where approximately 15 vehicles are inspected per minute.
Roadside Inspection 2016: What Happened?
A total of 62,796 roadside inspections were carried out this year. The CVSA-certified inspectors conducted compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of a motor vehicle, carrier, and driver safety.
Focus on Tire Safety
Every year, a special focus is placed on a specific category of violations. In 2016, it was on tire safety. Checking a vehicle’s tires is always part of roadside inspections, but this year, CVSA chose to highlight tire safety as an important reminder of proper tire use and maintenance to drivers and carriers.
Inspectors checked the overall condition of tires which includes:
- Measuring tread depth
- Measuring tire pressure
- Making sure no solid objects were lodged between dual tires
- Ensuring no cuts or bulges were found on tire sidewalls
4 Different Levels of Roadside Inspection
There are four levels of inspection, of which Level I is the most comprehensive. There was a total of 42,236 (62%) such inspections this year.
Level I inspections include a 37-step examination of both the driver and the vehicle.
Drivers are checked for:
- Medical card
- HOS documentation
- Seat belt usage
- Possible use of alcohol and/or drugs
The vehicle inspection checks:
- Brake and fuel systems
- Cargo securement and coupling devices
- Exhaust systems, steering mechanism and lighting devices
- Suspensions, tires and wheel assemblies
- Van and open-top trailer bodies
- Windshield wipers and emergency exits
- Electrical cables and systems in engine and battery compartments
- Loose or temporary seating on buses
Level II inspection is a walk-around inspection of both the driver and the vehicle.
Level III is a driver-only inspection.
Level IV is a vehicle-only inspection.
Roadcheck 2016: Results and Improvements
This year improvements were made in cargo securement and lighting devices, as compared to 2015. Drivers improved in the drugs and alcohol category, too. Results were worse this year in brake adjustments, suspension, tires, and wheels for vehicles. We also saw an increase in hours of service violations and false logs, especially in comparison to the past two years.
Vehicles: Of the 42,236 Level I inspections, 21.5% vehicles were placed out of service due to critical violations. The most common critical violation for vehicles was related to brake systems and adjustments, making up to 45.7% of violations that put vehicles out of service. 18.5% vehicles were put out of service due to tire and wheel violations.
Drivers: Of the 42,236 Level I inspections, 3.4% drivers were put out of service due to critical violations. The most common critical violation for drivers was related to hours of service, making up to 46.8% of all the drivers put out of service. 16.4% drivers were put out of service due to false logs.
What You Need To Do In Future
Most of the violations this year could have been prevented if ELDs were used. It would be easier for drivers to get through inspections and avoid violations if they use electronic logging.
Electronic logging makes inspections faster, safer, and more efficient for everyone involved. It eliminates form and manner violations, such as missing dates, total miles, locations, etc. and it also decreases the probability of HOS violations.
It is noted that lesser violations have been reported for those drivers who use ELDs.
If you are still using paper logs, try the KeepTruckin electronic logbook app.
If you are already using electronic logging, make sure you receive proper training to maintain your logs. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding electronic logging devices (ELDs) or electronic logbook apps.
Another thing you can do is to have your documents readily available and easy to access, which will aid the inspection process and reflect positively on you.
Additionally, you should know what you can do to successfully avoid roadside inspections.
Let Us Help You
KeepTruckin’s mobile app can help you with roadside inspections. Drivers who use the KeepTruckin mobile app have Record of Duty Status (RODS) easily accessible on their smartphones or tablets, which streamlines the roadside inspection process.
You can also request a demo for the KeepTruckin ELD, and a product specialist will get in touch with you with all the information you need.