International Roadcheck 2018 will take place from June 5 - 7
International Roadcheck 2018 will take place from June 5 – 7

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced that the International Roadcheck 2018 will take place from June 5 to June 7.

The CVSA’s International Roadcheck is a 72-hour annual event, in which safety inspectors conduct plenty of roadside inspections across North America. The CVSA claims that during the three-day event, on average, 15 vehicles are inspected every minute.

An insight into Level-1 inspections

During the 72-hour inspection event, inspectors usually carry out level 1 inspections. A level 1 inspection is a 37-step procedure that includes a thorough examination of the driver as well as the vehicle.

A Level-1 inspection includes examining the following:

  •   Commercial driver license (CDL)
  •   Hours-of-service compliance
  •   Records of duty status
  •   Medical examiner’s certificate
  •   Possible alcohol and drug use
  •   Skill performance evaluation (SPE) certificate
  •   Seatbelt usage
  •   Braking, electrical, exhaust, and fuel systems
  •   Cargo securement, hazardous material, and cargo tank specification compliance
  •   Coupling and lighting device operations
  •   Driveline/driveshafts and steering mechanisms
  •   Emergency exit and windshield wiper operations
  •   Open-top trailer and van bodies
  •   Suspension, hub, rim, tire, and wheel assemblies

The focus of the International Roadcheck 2018

As always, authorized safety inspectors will conduct Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 inspections. However, their special focus this year would be on hours-of-service compliance.

To briefly recap, last year, cargo securement was the focus of International Roadcheck 2017, which was responsible for a total of 15.7% of all vehicle violations that resulted in the vehicles being placed out-of-service.

Speaking about this, the CVSA President, Capt. Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol said:

“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.”

Recapping International Roadcheck 2017

Last year, the International Roadcheck event took place from June 6 – 8. More than 62,000 vehicles were inspected during the 72-hour period with a special focus on cargo securement. 40,944 inspections were Level-1 inspections. 12,787 were Level-2 inspections, and 8,282 were Level-3 inspections.

Moreover, 19.4% of inspected CMVs and 4.7% of inspected drivers were placed out-of-service because of violations.

Check out the results of International Roadcheck 2017 if you’re interested in knowing more about what happened last year.

How should you prepare for the International Roadcheck 2018?

Since June is approaching fast, you must prepare yourself for the annual inspection event.

Full enforcement of the ELD mandate has begun on April 1st. Moreover, the special focus this year is going to be on hours-of-service compliance. Therefore, make sure that you’re equipped with an FMCSA-compliant ELD solution and that drivers are religiously following hours-of-service regulations.

You can use our free ELD features comparison chart to pick an ELD that suits your fleet’s personalized requirements. For prices, check out this free ELD price comparison tool.

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