The COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis is bringing many aspects of American life to a halt, but the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) says that their biggest trucker inspection campaign will likely go on as planned.
As concerns over COVID-19 spread, the CVSA elected to cancel planned events for the month of April, but they say that May’s three day Roadcheck campaign is still going to happen.
Will Schaefer, the Director of Safety Programs for the CVSA, told CDLLife that “Presently we plan to proceed with Roadcheck, as inspections are continuing to be conducted today. But we are following developments closely. And we note that Roadcheck will take into account USDOT emergency declarations in effect at the time of inspections.”
Roadcheck is scheduled to take place May 5 — 7 throughout North America, a month earlier than usual in hopes of conducting the event in more favorable weather than in early June.
The focus of this year’s Roadcheck will be on “driver requirements.” According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data, in 2019, 3.36 million CMV inspections were conducted and during these inspections, 944,794 driver violations were discovered, of which 195,545 were out-of-service conditions.
“With last year’s federal electronic logging device full-compliance mandate in the U.S., the Alliance decided that this year’s International Roadcheck would be the perfect opportunity to revisit all aspects of roadside inspection driver requirements,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police.
During the 72 hour Roadcheck blitz, 15 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute across North America.