For the past 30 years, during the month of June, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has been conducting roadside inspections of commercial motor vehicles to ensure safe operation. This year, their inspection blitz is set for June 5-7 with a focus on hours-of-service compliance.
What is the CVSA Roadside Inspection?
The CVSA is a non-profit association comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials dedicated to improving commercial motor vehicle safety throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
As part of their mission, the CVSA conducts annual inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers along roadways for a 72-hour period every June. Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level 1 Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection with 37 steps examining both the driver and vehicle mechanical fitness. Last year, the emphasis was on proper cargo securement. This year the focus is on hours-of-service compliance.
Hours-of-service regulations are issued by the federal government and control the working hours of anyone operating a commercial motor vehicle. The rules limit the number of hours spent driving and working and establish minimum rest periods and time off between trips. Hours-of-service compliance is checked and enforced by specially trained and certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle inspectors.
How Do CVSA Roadside Inspections Impact Shippers?
From June 5-7, an average of 17 trucks and buses will be inspected every minute across North America. In prior years, we’ve seen tighter capacity and rate increases up to 30% during the 72-hour inspection blitz.
How Can Shippers Avoid Rate Increases and Capacity Issues?
The good news – planning ahead is a simple solution to ensuring the roadside inspections don’t disrupt your shipments. At GlobalTranz, we’ve found that increasing lead times between booking shipments and the actual pick-up of the shipment can reduce your transportation costs. The best way to prevent disruptions or rate increases is to book shipments as early as possible.
Another great way to avoid disruptions from roadside inspections is utilizing the most reliable carriers. If you have an extensive carrier qualification process in place, you will already know which carriers have high safety ratings and whether they hold their vehicles and drivers to the highest standard.