What You Need to Know About International Roadcheck
Every year, International Roadcheck kicks off as a three-day event where CVSA-certified inspectors conduct initiatives for compliance, enforcement, and education targeted at various elements impacting vehicle, motor carrier, and driver safety.
This year, International Roadcheck is scheduled for May 4, May 5, and May 6 2021. Every year, they also announce a safety focus for the three-day period and this year’s roadcheck focus will be driver inspections. Here’s what you should expect and how Fleet Managers can prepare drivers for this year’s event.
What Does International Roadcheck Consist Of?
International Roadcheck isn’t a seminar or something you can opt to attend. Rather, it’s a 72-hour period in which CVSA-certified inspectors across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico commit to high-volume, high-visibility inspection and enforcement initiatives.
In other words, International Roadcheck is a 72-hour period where CVSA-certified inspectors will be out in full-force at weigh or inspection stations, conducting both motor vehicle and driver inspections. This year, they’ll be focusing on driver inspections in particular.
During this event, law enforcement personnel will be putting in extra time to inspect commercial vehicles, ensuring that they are in compliance with federal regulations. Identifying critical inspection item violations will be done in accordance with the North American Standard Out-of-Service (OOS) Criteria.
If you’re a new driver and you’ve never been part of the International Roadcheck before, don’t stress. It’s basically a 72-hour safety blitz in which more officers are out making sure you’re doing the things you should be doing anyway, and that means — so long as you’re as diligent as always — you won’t have any problems during the International Roadcheck.
What to Expect at International Roadcheck 2021
During International Roadcheck, the inspectors will be conducting full Level 1 inspections, checking both vehicle maintenance fitness and driver operating requirements to ensure compliance with federal laws. So, while they are focusing on driver inspections this year, be certain that inspectors will be thoroughly reviewing every aspect to do with drivers and their vehicle.
Some fleet owners choose not to do anything differently when International Roadcheck rolls around, simply because any truck can be pulled over at any time for a full inspection. And, while you should always be in compliance, International Roadcheck is a good reminder to double-check everything and be extra thorough. After all, it’s a 72-hour period in which you’re almost guaranteed to get inspected as inspectors will be out in full-force looking for issues.
Preparing for International Roadcheck
If you’re a fleet owner or manager, getting your drivers and vehicles ready for International Roadcheck really isn’t difficult, but it will require you to devote some time and energy to ensure that your drivers and vehicles alike can pass an inspection with flying colors.
So, take the time to ensure that your trucks are in top operating condition. To start with, make sure they’re up-to-date on routine maintenance and have your mechanics give them a thorough once-over to avoid any issues during the full inspections that take place during International Roadcheck.
Moreover, take the time to educate your drivers and refresh their memories when it comes to what they should and shouldn’t be doing on the road. Be sure to let them know when International Roadcheck is happening and give them a heads-up so they can be certain their paperwork is in order and that they can hit all the marks of the driver inspections that will be taking place.
Inspire Your Team
It’s completely reasonable to ask your drivers to be extra diligent during International Roadcheck, and every day, when it comes to completing their pre- and post-driving checklist and submitting their DVIRs. These small things, especially in the weeks leading up to International Roadcheck, will help you discover things that can be addressed in advance while helping keep your drivers in the habit of focusing on their own safety and vehicle performance above all else.