How to come out of the Roadside Inspection Blitz unscathed

WHEN IS IT? 

June 5-7  (a 72 hour "inspection blitz")

 

WHERE IS IT? 

Nationwide

 

WHO WILL BE AFFECTED? 

Truckers and bus drivers

 

WHY DO THEY HAVE THIS BLITZ? 

This is an effort to decrease unsafe operating behavior among truck and bus drivers.  The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) wants to improve highway safety

 

WHAT ARE THEY CHECKING? 

This year, they roadside inspections will focus on hours of operation.  Because the advent of ELD's were the talk of the town this year, they decided to match their theme accordingly.  And, fun fact, it was the top reason drivers were placed out of service during last year’s Roadcheck, according to CVSA.

 

HOW CAN I PREPARE? 

Some major red flags for inspectors, that will damage your score are:

  1. Lights -- 30% of all roadside violations deal with lights. Six points can be added to a carrier’s score for a broken light, and in some cases, can result in an out-of-service violation.

  2. Tires -- 11% of vehicle violations are for tires (half of those are for tread depth).

  3. Brakes

  4. Cracked windshield

  5. Not wearing seatbelt

  6. Leaking wheel hub

An inspector from years past shared this piece of advice:  if you have a clean and orderly cab, he is more likely to pass you along and let you keep driving.  His philosophy is, if you don’t put effort into your living quarters, your truck  and compliance to regulations are going to be sloppy, too.