International Roadcheck now scheduled for June

Commercial truck and bus drivers in California should know that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has scheduled its annual inspection spree for June 5 to June 7. This 72-hour event is called the International Roadcheck, and it takes place across North America. The CVSA conducts it to enforce compliance with driver and vehicle safety regulations.

This year, the inspectors will be conducting Level I inspections on most rigs, which cover both vehicle- and driver-related violations. The CVSA has also stated that its special focus for the 2018 International Roadcheck will be hours-of-service violations. Hours-of-service regulations have been in the spotlight ever since the U.S. Department of Transportation mandated in December 2017 that all commercial truckers install ELDs in their rigs. ELDs, or electronic logging devices, eliminate the need for paper logs and prevent truckers from falsifying their duty hours.

In the 2017 International Roadcheck, hours-of-service violations were, along with brake safety violations, the top reason for out-of-service orders. Out of the 63,000 drivers who were inspected last year, an average of 15 vehicles every minute, 15,000 were issued these orders by inspectors. Approximately 12,000 of those orders were for vehicle-related violations, and 3,000 were for driver-related non-compliance. Inspectors this year will be checking for compliance with the ELD mandate and can easily use the devices to check for hours-of-service violations.

All too often, truckers are encouraged to violate the hours regulations in order to meet deadlines. When they do so, they lose time for sleep, become drowsy and increase their risk for a commercial truck accident. If victims of such accidents do not survive, their families might file a wrongful death suit. An accident attorney may be able to assess the claim, hire investigators to strengthen the case and negotiate for a settlement with the trucking company's team of lawyers, litigating if they refuse to pay out.

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