International Roadcheck: Gear Up for Safety in the Transportation Industry

April 24, 2024 • Missouri Employers Mutual

The annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck is upon us, taking place May 14 –16, 2024. This coordinated effort across Canada, Mexico and the United States focuses on inspecting commercial motor vehicles and ensuring compliance with safety regulations. For policyholders in the transportation industry, knowing what to expect is crucial.

Why is it important?

  • Safety first: Ensuring your vehicles are compliant significantly reduces the risk of incidents, protecting your drivers and everyone else on the road.
  • Driver wellbeing: Prioritizes driver compliance related to alcohol, drugs, and fatigue, promoting a safer work environment.
  • Financial benefits: A consistent safety record could impact your bottom line.

What to expect

The Roadcheck will have two focus areas this year – tractor protection systems and alcohol and controlled substance possession. CVSA-certified law enforcement personnel will inspect commercial motor vehicles and drivers at weigh/inspection stations, temporary sites and mobile patrols to verify compliance with federal, state, provincial or territorial regulations.

  • Vehicles will undergo thorough inspections, including brakes, cargo securement, and driver documentation.
  • Vehicles with violations may be taken out of service until repairs are made.

Drivers with violations may face penalties or be restricted from operating their vehicles. If an inspector identifies driver out-of-service violations, such as not possessing a valid or necessary operating license or exhibiting signs of impairment, the inspector will restrict that driver from operating their vehicle.

How to prepare

  • Review and reinforce company policies: Ensure your drivers know and adhere to company policies regarding alcohol, drugs, and vehicle safety.
  • Inspect and maintain vehicles: Conduct regular inspections and maintenance on your vehicles, paying special attention to tractor protection systems this year.
  • Verify driver compliance: Confirm driver licenses, hours-of-service documentation, and the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse status are valid and compliant for all drivers.

By understanding the International Roadcheck and taking proactive steps to ensure compliance, you can contribute to a safer work environment, reduce the risk of incidents and claims, and potentially lower your premiums.

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April 24, 2024
Missouri Employers Mutual
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