National CMV Roadside Inspection Blitz Scheduled for May 14-16

A three-day nationwide commercial motor vehicle roadside inspection blitz will take place May 14 -16. The annual RoadCheck inspection blitz is being conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), a national organization of local, state and federal law commercial motor vehicle enforcement agencies. During the three-day period, law enforcement personnel will inspect commercial motor vehicles and drivers at weigh/inspection stations, temporary sites and mobile patrols to verify compliance with state and federal regulations.

Inspectors will conduct a North American Standard Level I Inspection, a thorough 37 step inspection procedure focusing on vehicle components and driver documentation requirements. If out-of-service violations, as outlined in the North American Standard Out of Service Criteria are found during an inspection, the vehicle will be restricted from operating until all out-of-service violations have been properly addressed. During the driver portion of an inspection, law enforcement personnel will check the driver’s operating credentials, hours-of-service documentation, FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse status, seat belt usage, and for alcohol and/or drug impairment. If an inspector identifies driver out-of-service violations, such as not possessing a valid or necessary operating license or exhibiting signs of impairment, the inspector will restrict that driver from operating their vehicle.

Each year, in addition to the North American Standard Level I Inspection, CVSA places special emphasis on a category of specific violations. This year, CVSA will have two focus areas: air brakes and alcohol and controlled substance possession. To assist drivers and motor carriers in the proactive assessment and maintenance of those components, CVSA has provided an Inspection Bulletin outlining the steps to properly check tractor protection systems.

Data from the 72 hours of RoadCheck will be collected and the results will be released this summer. Additional Information can be found at the CVSA Website.