May 27, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About Roadside Inspection 2016

Roadside Inspection 2016

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual roadside inspection 2016 takes place June 7-9.

Are you ready?

In this post, we discuss:

  • Background on the roadside inspection program
  • This year’s special focus on tires
  • Where you’re most at risk for inspection
  • 3 tips to quickly pass the inspection blitz

Let’s start from the top.

What is the International Roadcheck Program?

The International Roadcheck is an annual inspection blitz that occurs for a 72-hour period. During this period, thousands of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are inspected throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada. In fact, according to the CVSA, approximately 17 vehicles are inspected per minute during the 72-hour event.

Nearly 10,000 certified local, state, provincial, and federal inspectors will inspect trucks and buses (CMVs) for compliance and safety.

What’s the Focus of International Roadcheck 2016?

The special emphasis of roadside inspection 2016 is on tires

Each year, the International Roadcheck program puts extra emphasis on specific categories of violations. For instance, in 2015 the focus was on securing the load.

This year the special focus will be on tire safety. Tire inspections will include checking the overall condition of tires, which includes:

  • Measuring tire tread depth and tire pressure
  • Making sure items aren’t lodged between dual tires
  • Ensuring tires don’t have bulges or deep cuts

Before the roadside inspection 2016 blitz starts from June 7, make sure you are completely ready for it. To make things easier for you, we listed 3 simple tips to quickly pass a roadside inspection and locations to watch out for.

But before we get to that, check this out.

Places That Are High-Risk for Inspection

Drivers who use KeepTruckin to record hours of service are able to access a feature called “DOT Inspection Mode” should they get inspected. Our data science team analyzed where drivers access this feature most frequently — indicating where inspections are most likely to occur.

DOT Roadside Inspection heatmap

Not surprisingly, inspections tend to cluster around cities and major highways. Keep this map handy to increase your chances of avoiding officers during the Roadside Inspection 2016.

3 Tips to Pass the Roadside Inspection 2016

Here are the tips you need to know to successfully pass the Roadside Inspection 2016 blitz.

1. Keep Your Vehicle Tidy and Clean

Keep your truck clean and tidy for roadside inspection 2016

It may not seem like a big deal, but keeping your vehicle tidy can help you easily get through roadside inspections.

Andy Blair, a DOT-certified inspector, inspected trucks for 11 years. He now helps fleets get their trucks ready and compliant before they hit the road. Andy says:

“I can’t inspect every truck that comes my way, so I have to use my discretion and experience. When I see what looks like a pigsty on the inside of the truck, my thoughts are ‘that’s how this guy is going to maintain his truck’. So, right away I’m thinking, ‘Okay, I get it. This guy doesn’t really keep after things too well.’ The chances of me finding something wrong with the truck are probably better.”

So, before Roadside Inspection 2016, make sure that your vehicle is tidy and clean.

2. Keep Documents Updated and Readily Available

Keep your documents readily available for roadside inspection 2016

During the inspection blitz, inspectors mainly conduct the North American Standard Level 1 Inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that examines drivers as well as their vehicles.

During that inspection, drivers are supposed to provide the following documents:

  • CDL (Commercial Driver License)
  • Medical examiner’s certificate
  • Record of Duty Status (RODS)
  • Documentation of annual inspection
  • Hazardous material paperwork
  • Permit credentials

Drivers should make these documents readily available. Additionally, it helps significantly if you can put all these documents into a ring binder or folder. It not only makes you look professional, but it conveys an important message that you are an organized person.

Andy says:

“I stopped a lot of trucks, and I didn’t inspect every one of them. If a guy looked like his truck was in good shape, and his documents looked good, too, then chances of me going further were diminished.”

3. Be Professional and Courteous

Be courteous and professional.

This goes without saying, but your attitude matters a lot.

Inspectors can choose to inspect whoever they like. If you are rude to them, it increases your chance of being selected.

If you are chosen for an inspection, just be courteous and professional. It’s part of the job. Politeness and a little smile can help you more than you might think.

Parting Advice

Within a few days, thousands of vehicles will be inspected. Although inspectors will do their best to carefully look at everything, their special focus this year will be on tire safety. Make sure that you have your vehicle ready and documents available.

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 inspection process. You can download the free KeepTruckin app for Android and iPhone.

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