International Roadcheck 2018: Brace for Inspections and Tight Capacity

LDL Voice

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Ready or not, here it comes! Scheduled for June 5-7, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) annual Roadcheck event will affect commercial motor vehicles, carriers, and drivers across the continent. During an intensive, 72-hour period, the CVSA conducts tens of thousands of inspections—an average of 15 every minute. To experience this year’s Roadcheck without stress, drivers should ready themselves, their documents, and their vehicles, and shippers should expect limited capacity.

Roadcheck is about Safety

While the event can cause anxiety and slowdowns, the purpose is not intended to be punitive. Rather, the CVSA’s goal is to encourage a culture of safety throughout the transportation industry. To that end, they designate a special emphasis each year to highlight and address specific safety issues. This year’s emphasis on Hours of Service (HOS) violations is likely a result of the recent E-Log Mandate and the fact that more than 1 in 4 vehicles were placed out of service for HOS violations during International Roadcheck 2017 (Transport Topics).   

Roadcheck Inspections are Comprehensive

In addition to the HOS focus, the CVSA will conduct full inspections. Of the more than 62,000 Roadcheck inspections performed last year, two-thirds were the most comprehensive, Level 1 type. And, because of these inspections, 23 percent of vehicles and 4.2 percent of drivers were placed out of service (KeepTruckin).

Roadcheck inspections in 2017 included (KeepTruckin):

  • Level 1. Also known as the North American Standard Inspection, this 37-step procedure assesses the commercial motor vehicle (CMV), documentation, and the driver. (Again, this was the most common inspection performed.)
  • Level 2. This Walk-Around Driver or Vehicle Inspection addresses only items that the inspector can view without getting beneath the vehicle.
  • Level 3. The Driver Credential Inspection only involves applicable documentation, such as driver’s license, medical records, seatbelt usage, inspection reports, certificates, etc.

Other inspection types are also possible for 2018:

  • Level 4: Unlike Levels 1-3, this Special Inspection comprises a one-time evaluation of a specific item, often related to a trend.
  • Level 5: The Vehicle-Only Inspection includes all vehicle-related items in the Level 1 Inspection.
  • Level 6: The North American Standard Inspection for Transuranic Waste and Highway Route Controlled Quantities of Radio Active Material centers on compliance for handling and transporting radioactive materials.  
  • Level 7: The unique Jurisdictional Mandated Commercial Inspection addresses compliance for busses, shuttles, intrastate/intra-provincial operations, and issues not addressed by other inspections.
  • Level 8: The new North American Standard Electronic Inspection takes place electronically while the vehicle is in motion and without an inspector physically present. Participation is currently voluntary.

For complete inspection requirements and details, visit the CVSA’s website.

Roadcheck Planning

Drivers and carriers with high Inspection Selection System (ISS) scores may fear this year’s Roadcheck, but it could work to their advantage. The only way to lower their score is to pass more inspections. International Roadcheck is an ideal opportunity because they know what to expect and can prepare for success (American Trucker).  

Shippers will contend with a different issue: tighter capacity. Last year, nearly 1 in 4 commercial trucks inspected were taken out of service. In addition to slower transit times due to out-of-service penalties and inspection delays, many small or medium-sized carriers will slow down or shut down completely to avoid potential fines. Combined with the Memorial Day holiday and month-end needs, capacity will be particularly limited and spot market rates may spike during the first week of June. Armed with this knowledge, shippers who get ready now will be able to work around the capacity problem.

For help finding shipping capacity during the CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2018, contact LoadDelivered today.

blog comments powered by Disqus