Set for May 4-6, the 72-hour inspection event will focus on lighting and hours of service compliance. Here’s what truck drivers and fleet managers can do now to plan ahead.
The results of the 2020 International Roadcheck showed that HOS was the top driver out-of-service violation, accounting for 34.7% of all driver out-of-service conditions. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the lighting violation “lamps inoperable” was the number one vehicle violation in fiscal 2020, accounting for approximately 12.24% of all vehicle violations found.
During the 2020 International Roadcheck, more than 1,100 commercial vehicles were placed out of service due to HOS violations, while the top five vehicle violations were related to brake systems, tire, lights, brake adjustment, and cargo securement.
Are you wondering how to keep yourself (or your fleet) compliant? It starts with being proactive, understanding the proper required documentation and maintaining equipment that meets or exceeds regulations. Download our helpful checklist to help keep yourself protected during Road Check 2019, below, or if you’d rather – just keep reading! Pass along to another pro driver to keep all our truckers safe out there on the open road.
Make sure you have the following:
- Driver’s License
- Medical Card or MVR (Driving History Report)
- Hours-of-service records (logs, electronic or paper exemption applies)
- Proof of vehicles annual inspection
- Vehicle’s registration and fuel permit (if required)
Make sure the following items are functioning:
- Breaks (including mechanical components, low-air warnings, ABS, and tractor protection valve/trailer breakaway brake, if required)
- Windows, Windshield, Wipers and Washer
- Fuel System
- Coupling Devices
- Tires, Rims, and Hubs
- Emergency Equipment (Fire Extinguisher, Warning Devices and Spare Fuses if required)
- Cargo and Equipment Securement
- Steering (including Mechanical Components and Wheel Lash/Freeplay)
Review the Out-of-Service Criteria for questions about the pass/fail criteria
- It can be found here: https://cvsa.org/inspections/inspections/out-of-service-criteria/
Get your truck washed
- A clean truck lessens your likelihood of getting pulled over
- Keeping your dashboard clean and free of clutter makes you appear organized
- Give everything a final glance to make sure your load is properly secured, and nothing is out of place
Sign up with ORDP for CDL Coverage, coast to coast
- You can sign up for coverage here: https://www.protectmycdl.com/membership-application/
- Receive a citation that you’d like help reducing the impact to your CSA score? We also offer dataq challenges, in addition to assigning a cdl attorney to fight your case.