It's About That Time...Roadcheck 2014by Jana Ritter - Published: 5/28/2014
The trucking industry is getting ready for that time of year again - the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world. Roadcheck 2014 will be taking place on June 3, 4 and 5, and during the 72-hour safety initiative an average of 14 trucks or buses are to be inspected every minute on roadways from Canada to Mexico.
The annual event is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).
This year CVSA’s Roadcheck checklist includes drivers’ duty records, seat belts, load securement, brakes, coupling devices, lights, tires and with a special focus on hazmat compliance as well. But CVSA Executive Director Steve Keppler also said that this year enforcement will be checking to see if trucking companies have paid their annual Unified Carrier Registration fee (UCR fee) as well. The UCR program requires individuals and companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate or international commerce to register their business and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet and whether it is a one-truck business or a mega fleet, those fees are due by the end of each year.
The following 41 states currently participate: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
While road enforcement for the UCR fee may be a state-to-state issue, the repository and national online pay site for the UCR registrations is maintained by one state and that’s Indiana. The Hoosiers notify FMCSA when a motor carrier has paid the fee. That’s how state motor carrier enforcement knows which trucking companies have paid.
They will also be checking other paperwork during Roadcheck 2014 and that includes a form MCS-150 (an FMCSA business snapshot that needs updating every two years). If you as the company owner, or the carrier you drive for, have not updated the MCS-150, roadside enforcement knows who you are. Keppler warns that if there’s a violation on the MCS-150 biennial update, it will be “noted on the inspection report.”