Commercial Motor Vehicle Roadcheck Blitz May 4-6

April 19, 2021 | by

The 2021, Roadcheck enforcement blitz will occur May 4-6. The purpose of the Roadcheck is to remind drivers of the essential highway safety rules as well as encourage proactive vehicle maintenance and driver readiness. During these 72 hours Commercial Motor Vehicle(s) operators will likely notice an increase of roadside inspections. Does your business operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle(s)? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration classifies Commercial Motor Vehicle as any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle:

(1) Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 4,536 kg (10,001 pounds) or more (whichever is greater).

(2) Is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation.

(3) Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation.

(4) Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and transported in a quantity requiring placarding under regulations prescribed by the Secretary under 49 CFR, subtitle B, chapter I, subchapter C.

In short, if your vehicle has a USDOT Number, you CAN be inspected.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) set the date for this year’s International Roadcheck , May 4-6. During this 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicle and drivers. “International Roadcheck aims to raise awareness of the North American Standard Inspection Program and the essential highway safety rules and regulations in place to keep our roadways safe” CVSA President Sgt. John Samis International Roadcheck Set for May 4-6 with Emphasis on Lighting and Hours of Service (cvsa.org)

Inspectors will look for critical inspection item violations, if such violations are found the vehicle will be placed out-of-service. When a vehicle is placed out-of-service that vehicle cannot operate until the identified conditions are corrected. Vehicles that successfully pass inspection, without any critical violations during a level I or Level V Inspection, should receive a CVSA decal. Generally, vehicles with a CVSA decals are not re-inspected during the 3-month period the decal is valid.

Each year, there are special category in which CVSA focus on. This year’s Roadcheck focus is on lights and hours-of-service violations. You can find more information at International Roadcheck Set for May 4-6 with Emphasis on Lighting and Hours of Service (cvsa.org)

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