Gear up for "Roadcheck 2013"

by Jana Ritter - Published: 6/03/2013

Trucking industry be prepared for Roadcheck 2013, the annual safety blitz that checks tractor-trailer equipment, driver logs and other safety aspects of truck drivers' operations. Roadcheck 2013 is set for June 4-6 and headed by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), an international not-for-profit organization comprising of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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The CVSA’s mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. Its member jurisdictions are represented by various Departments of Transportation, Public Utility and Service Commissions, State Police, Highway Patrols and Ministries of Transport. The CVSA also has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals, uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections. This collaborative effort of safety enforcement during Roadcheck 2012 resulted in 74,000 inspections with 20.9 percent vehicles and 4.6 drivers being ordered off the road. The number 1 violation reported was “Operating Vehicle Not Having The Required Operable Lamps".

This year, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers, inspectors and investigators will be adding extra force by conducting intensified commercial vehicle inspections – on the lookout for 18-wheelers and buses with serious equipment violations and drivers not in compliance with state and federal requirements.

“DPS is committed to protecting all travelers on Texas roadways, and Roadcheck 2013 underscores the importance of ensuring commercial vehicles and their drivers are complying with the laws and regulations that help keep our roads safe,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “It is also important that all drivers – commercial and passenger – obey traffic laws and take basic precautions to reduce their chance of being involved in a crash.” In addition to Roadcheck, DPS periodically carries out additional enforcement efforts in targeted areas where unsafe trucks or buses may be operating.

According to the CVSA, the program has saved hundreds of lives to date and Wisconsin State Patrol officers will be participating in full force this year as well. “The Wisconsin State Patrol has highly trained commercial motor vehicle inspectors patrolling highways and stationed at our safety and weight enforcement facilities, also known as weigh stations,” says Capt. David Pabst of the Motor Carrier Enforcement Section. “Their mission is to remove unsafe and fatigued commercial drivers from the road and to ensure that all safety equipment on large trucks and other commercial vehicles is operating properly. During Roadcheck, the State Patrol will fortify its consistently stringent commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement efforts to save lives and reduce injuries by preventing crashes.”