Time Keeps on Slippin’ at CVSA’s 2018 International Roadcheck

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 2018 International Roadcheck is right around the corner, taking place from June 5 to 7 this year. Some Drivewyze-enrolled trucks may experience an increase in weigh station pull-ins during this time, as many stations will be looking to see as many trucks as possible.

This year, knowing whether your operation is hours-of-service (HOS) compliant will be very important. That’s because the alliance chose to concentrate on HOS compliance for this year’s three-day Roadcheck event.

Our in-house experts, many of whom have commercial vehicle enforcement experience, offer these five primary recommendations in preparing your drivers and your fleet operations for this year’s Roadcheck:

  1.  Know whether your trucks are equipped with electronic logging devices or ELDs or with properly “grandfathered” automated onboard recording devices or AOBRDs;
  2.  For trucks equipped with AOBRDs – know the exemption status and carry documentation that supports the exemption. Drivers should know that confusion among law enforcement officers can occur when the AOBRD manufacturer offers similar devices in an ELD platform;
  3.  For trucks equipped with ELDs, drivers should carry U.S. Department of Transportation or DOT reference cards from the manufacturer certifying compliance with the ELD mandate – (FMCSR 49CFR 395.15). Cards should also provide instructions for transferring RODS to law enforcement officers, changing the driving mode, reviewing not only the current duty status, but also the data collected during the current eight-day period, on-duty time remaining and unassigned driving time, among other things;
  4.  Become familiar with when and how to properly annotate logs;
  5.  Always practice honesty when filling out RODS. During inspections, things would go far, far better for drivers were they to make mistakes using annotations than they would were they to misidentify their records of duty status. When drivers assign time to the wrong categories, commercial vehicle inspectors may assume an intent to deceive even when no such intent existed. That could open up fleets and their drivers to potential false log violations, which are far more serious than honest mistakes.

One common issue fleets and their drivers will want to review sometime before June 5 is the potential misuse of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s four special driving categories allowing drivers to operate their trucks while off-duty – authorized personal use, yard moves, adverse operations or oilfield operations. Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance, told Overdrive’s Todd Dills that personal conveyance is often used as a catch-all for circumstances it was never intended. Around mid- to late-November, the FMCSA plans to issue further clarification of personal conveyance in light of the ELD mandate in a Federal Register notice.

When unavoidable circumstances, such as delays at a shipper’s or receiver’s loading dock or searching for a legal place to park, require drivers to operate their trucks beyond their on-duty limits, employing honesty instead of misapplying one of those special categories can go a long way with commercial vehicle enforcement officers.

What is the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 2018 International Roadcheck?

During this three-day event, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout the United States and Canada conduct a flurry of North American Standard Level I inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers over a 72-hour period. A Level I inspection involves a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.

Inspectors look closely at various components on the trucks and trailers including cargo securement, which was last year’s enforcement focus, brakes, tire and wheels, and lighting devices. Here’s a link to the eight recommendations in preparation for the 2017 International Roadcheck – https://drivewyze.com/blog/safety/8-tips-survive-international-roadcheck/ With the exception of the ELD-related recommendations, many are still applicable in helping you prepare for this year’s event.