June 7th - 9th, 2016 will be this year's International Roadcheck. Commonly known to truck drivers as "The Blitz", these inspections cause mixed feelings for professional truck drivers all over the country. Mainly anxiety, anger and frustration. Yet, as commercial drivers, we must prepare and do all we can to get a passing grade if we happen to be called in for inspection. The score you receive is beneficial to all drivers whether company or owner operators. Everyone can improve their FMCSA score through passing these road side inspections which will in turn assist them or their company in the future. Though, drivers may feel invaded and singled out, these inspections seem to be a "necessary evil". The best offense in this situation is a good defense. Preparation and cooperation is key in not only enduring but passing these inspections.
International Roadcheck 2016 will include primarily North American Standard Level I Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both the driver and vehicle. Drivers will be asked to provide items such as their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation, and will be checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and emergency exits on buses.
Roadcheck, now in its 29th year, is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period in early June. Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors in every jurisdiction across North America perform the truck and bus inspections.
Some excerpts courtesy of http://www.cvsa.org/programs/int_roadcheck.php
There are some obvious and simple things that you can do to try and stay off the radar as you roll through some of these inspection sites. The first thing they see is the outside of the truck, so simply keep it clean. Clear any trash from your dash and from the front of your truck. Make sure all of the lights are working on both truck and trailer. Check your tire pressure on both truck and trailer and apparent things like mudflaps. Check that the paperwork on the trailer you are pulling is up to date and correct. Have all of your paperwork, such as BOL's, License, Medical Cards, Registration, IFTA's, etc. easily accessible and up to date. If, for no other reason, the inspection will move along much faster when you are prepared. Really, the best course of action would be...go on vacation!