Commercial vehicle drivers in Florida may know about the International Roadcheck, a 72-hour inspection spree that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds every year to enforce federal truck safety regulations. The CVSA has announced that the 2020 roadcheck will take place from May 5 to 7: a full month earlier than usual for the sake of more favorable weather conditions.
As with previous years, the 2020 roadcheck will consist of mostly North American Standard Level I inspections. These 37-point inspections cover virtually every part of a truck, including the braking system, exhaust system, driveline components, suspension, steering, tires, lights and fuel system. Proper cargo securement is another area covered by this most comprehensive of all federal inspections.
There will be a strong focus on whether drivers have the right qualifications. Nearly 23% of all driver-related out-of-service violations in the 2019 roadcheck were due to drivers carrying the wrong class license. Inspectors will check not only drivers’ CDL but also their records of duty status and their medical cards. They will additionally check for seat belt use and compliance with electronic logging device regulations.
In 2019, over 12,000 trucks and 2,700 drivers were placed out of service. Among driver-related violations, the most frequently cited turned out to be related to hours-of-service regulations. These made up 37.2% of the total.
Hours-of-service violations go hand in hand with drowsy driving as truckers overwork themselves in the effort to meet tight deadlines. When such negligence is behind truck crashes, those injured through no fault of their own may be able to file a claim and be reimbursed for their medical expenses, lost wages and other losses. They may want to retain legal counsel since trucking companies typically have their own teams of lawyers ready to fight any claims. Third-party investigators might come in to strengthen the case.