What does the inspection blitz mean for my business?

WHEN IS IT? 

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

 

WHERE IS IT? 

Nationwide

 

WHO WILL BE AFFECTED? 

Truckers and bus drivers, and consequently, the companies who depend on truckers

 

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, in concurrence with the ELD.  They are also checking for cracked windshields, lights, tires, brakes, usage of seatbelts, leaking wheel hubs, etc.

 

WHY WILL MY COMPANY BE AFFECTED?

In general what happens is that many carriers will just pull their trucks off the road so they aren't caught.  The result is:

  1. much less availability

  2. more blown loads

  3. higher prices

 

HOW CAN I PREPARE? 

Simply being aware that for those 72 hours, capacity is going to be tight will help.  You'll want to give yourself an extra day or two on most loads, and be prepared to pay a little more during those 3 days.