How to survive the CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2018

How to survive the CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2018

The CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2018 will take place from June 5 to June 7, 2018.

Are you ready?

In this blog post, we take a look at the CVSA’s Roadcheck 2018, the special focus this year, a brief recap of what happened during the CVSA’s Roadcheck 2017, and some tips on how to successfully survive the CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2018.

The focus of Roadcheck 2018

This year, the special focus will be on hours-of-service compliance.

According to the CVSA President Capt. Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol, “The top reason drivers were placed out of service during 2017 International Roadcheck was for hours-of-service violations.”

He also added, “Although the electronic logging device rule that went into effect on Dec. 18 does not change any of the underlying hours-of-service rules or exceptions, the ELD mandate placed a spotlight on hours-of-service compliance. We thought this year would be a perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of the hours-of-service regulations.”

During Roadcheck 2017, 32.3% of drivers were placed out-of-service because of hours-of-service violations.

Results of Roadcheck 2017

In 2017, the special focus was on cargo securement. Here are some stats from the CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2017 that you might find interesting:

  • A total of 62,013 vehicles were inspected during the 72-hour inspection event.
  • 7,713 inspections happened in Canada.
  • 54,300 inspections occurred in the United States of America.
  • 2,940 drives who underwent Level 1 to Level 3 inspections were put out-of-service.

Here is a quick breakdown of the 62,013 inspections in terms of inspection levels:

  • Level 1 inspections = 40,944
  • Level 2 inspections = 12,787
  • Level 3 inspections = 8,282

The top 3 driver-related violations were:

  • Hours-of-service (32.3%)
  • Wrong license class (14.9%)
  • Falsified log books (11.3%

The top 3 vehicle-related violations were:

  • Braking systems (26.9%)
  • Cargo securement (15.7%)
  • Tire/wheel assemblies (15.1%)

Tips for surviving the CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2018

Here are a few tips that will help you prepare for the upcoming Roadcheck 2018.

  • Look for observable defects, such as a broken windshield or a cracked taillight. Similarly, make sure that you are wearing your seatbelts. During Roadcheck 2017, 710 seatbelt violations were recorded.
  • It is estimated that approximately 25% of roadside inspections are triggered by a suspected moving violation. Therefore, it is crucial to avoid unsafe driving behaviors, such as speeding, running a stop sign, hard cornering, etc.
  • Violations related to broken lights and tires amount to more than 30% of all roadside violations. Make sure to check them during every pre-trip inspection.
  • Ensure that all in-cab documentation is in place. For example, ELD user manual, instruction sheet in case of ELD malfunctions, ELD instruction sheet, a supply of blank driver’s records of duty status graph-grids, etc.

The FMCSA has also recently updated the CSA’s SMS with new ELD violations and severity weight. It is essential to know all these violations and how much severity weight each violation carries.

Here is a list of all 22 ELD-related violations that affect CSA scores.

22 ELD related violations - SMS scores - infographic

Understanding the different levels of roadside inspections

It is important for drivers to understand the different levels of roadside inspections. The Level-1 inspection is generally considered the most comprehensive of all the different types of roadside inspections. It is a 37-step procedure during which the CVSA officer examines the CMV and the driver.

The vehicle inspection category includes an examination of the following:

  • Suspension, tire, rim, hub, wheel assemblies
  • Open-top trailer and van bodies
  • Windshield wiper operations
  • Emergency exit
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Driveline/driveshaft mechanisms
  • Lightning device and coupling operations
  • Cargo securement
  • Hazardous material and cargo tank specification compliance
  • Braking systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Exhaust systems
  • Fuel systems

On the other hand, the Level-1 inspection also includes examining the following driver-related items:

  • Seatbelt usage
  • Possible drug and alcohol usage
  • Medical examiner’s certificate
  • Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) certificate
  • Commercial driver license (CDL)
  • Hours of Service or HOS compliance
  • Record of Duty Status or RODS compliance

Although the special focus this year would be on hours-of-service compliance, safety officials will be conducting Level-1 inspections. It is essential that drivers prepare for it.

For more information on all the different levels of inspections, read the complete guide to understanding roadside inspections.

Selecting an FMCSA-registered ELD

Full enforcement of the ELD mandate began on April 1, 2018. It means that ELD violations not only affect a carrier’s CSA scores but also lead to out-of-service orders.

If a non-exempt driver is not using an FMCSA-registered ELD or AOBRD, he/she may be placed out-of-service.

It is important to remember that not all ELDs that are listed in the FMCSA’s list of self-certified ELDs are 100% compliant.

The burden of selecting the right FMCSA-registered ELD solution is on you.

If you are not sure about the compliance status of your current ELD provider — or if you face regular ELD issues — you should consider other ELD options. Our latest survey reveals that 73% of drivers face 1 or more ELD issues every week. Such issues may lead to ELD violations and out-of-service orders.

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