Driver Leasing Company Prepares Drivers for Roadcheck 2012

Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world with approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period in early June. During this 72-hour period nearly 8,000 CVSA and FMCSA certified inspectors at more than 2,500 locations across North America will perform around 70,000 truck and bus inspections focusing on the North American Standard (NAS) Level 1 inspections, motorcoach inspections, hours-of-service and logbooks reviews(?), and household goods carriers inspections(?). While overall out-of-service rates are at record lows, there is still room for improvement.

Roadcheck data from 2011 showed an overall vehicle compliance rate of 80.7 percent (up from 80.0 percent in 2010), and an overall driver compliance rate of 95.8 percent (up from 95.6 percent in 2010). For NAS Level I inspections, the compliance rates were 77.2 percent for vehicles (up from 76.7 percent in 2010) and 96.3 percent for drivers (unchanged from 2010). In addition, there were 296 fewer safety belt violations in 2011 (863 vs. 1,159 in 2010). Inspections of passenger carrying vehicles found a vehicle compliance rate of 91.3 percent in 2011 (up from 91.0 percent in 2010). The motorcoach driver compliance rate was 97.4 percent (up from 96.4 percent in 2010). Hazardous materials inspections resulted in a vehicle compliance rate of 82.1 percent (down from 83.7 percent in 2010) and driver compliance rate was 97.5 percent (unchanged from previous year). There were 29,609 CVSA Decals issued to vehicles that passed the inspection, up from the 26,605 issued in 2010.

DOT Roadside Inspection

The top five driver out-of-service violations are:

  1. Requiring or permitting a driver to drive more than 11 consecutive hours
  2. Requiring or permitting a driver to drive after 14 hours on duty
  3. False reports of driver record of duty status
  4. No record of duty status
  5. Driver failing to retain driver logs from the previous seven days

The top five vehicle out-of-service violations are:

  1. Brake adjustment
  2. Brake tubing and hoses
  3. Tires and wheels (flat tires or exposed fabric)
  4. Lights (inoperative turn signals/brake lights)
  5. Load securement

Pro Source has prepared their drivers for Roadcheck 2012. Drivers should:

  • Be prepared for the increased inspections
  • Have a valid CDL and current medical card
  • Keep driver logs current to last change of duty status
  • Drive within hours-of-service regulations
  • Wear their seatbelt
  • Know the critical vehicle inspection items
  • Complete detailed pre-trip vehicle inspection and correct deficiencies
  • Have a professional attitude
  • Keep in mind BLT – brakes, lights and tires
  • Know the three P’s of hauling hazmat – papers, placards and packaging
About Douglas Mills

Douglas Mills writes for Third party logistics company, Pro Source Inc of Atlanta, GA.