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Nationwide DOT Roadside Inspection Sweep June 7-9

June 3, 2011

Source: Ag Retailers Association News Release  

Agricultural retailers who transport petroleum products in commercial motor vehicles should be prepared for a major enforcement blitz in June when a nationwide roadside commercial motor vehicle inspection sweep is scheduled to take place.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), a group of federal, state and local transportation enforcement agencies, is preparing to put 10,000 inspectors at 1,500 sites nationwide to conduct approximately 75,000 roadside inspections on June 7- 9, 2011. The CVSA "RoadCheck" inspection sweep is an annual event designed to highlight common violations of state and federal motor carrier and HAZMAT transportation regulations.

The goal of the RoadCheck program is to take unsafe drivers and vehicles off the road, increase awareness of inspections and their function, educate drivers about vehicle maintenance and gather general motor carrier compliance data.

This year, inspectors will focus special attention on compliance with driver hours of service requirements and distracted driving violations (texting while driving). Drivers who are stopped during the RoadCheck enforcement sweep should be prepared to undergo a full Level 1 roadside inspection.

Level 1 inspections include the following: examination of driver’s license; medical examiner’s certificate; alcohol and drug use; driver’s record of duty status; hours of service; seat belt use; vehicle inspection report; brake systems; coupling devices; exhaust systems; frame; fuel systems; lighting devices (turn signals, brake lamps, tail lamps, head lamps and lamps/flags on projecting loads); safe loading; steering mechanism; suspension; tires; wheels and rims; windshield wipers; and compliance with applicable HAZMAT requirements such as placards and markings.

RoadCheck inspection results will be used to determine which transporters will be selected for a more comprehensive safety review under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA). Click here to read more about DOT inspection levels.  More information about RoadCheck is available here.

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