2021 CVSA Roadcheck: What You Need to Know

by Miranda Brooks 5. May 2021 09:10

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck takes place May 4th – 6th this year. During this 72-hour period, DOT officials will conduct inspections of commercial vehicles and drivers, with an emphasis on lighting and hours of service.

During the inspection, you’ll be asked to show your CDL and the previous eight days of your e-logs. Additionally, inspectors will be checking the following critical components:

  • Brake systems
  • Cargo securement
  • Coupling devices
  • Driveline/driveshaft
  • Driver’s seat
  • Exhaust systems
  • Frames
  • Fuel systems
  • Lighting devices
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Suspensions
  • Tires
  • Wheels, rims, and hubs
  • Windshield wipers

If you continue using the same safe driving practices you always do, you should have no problem. But a few reminders never hurt anyone, so be sure to:

1.      Practice common-sense safety habits, like wearing a seat belt, or if you have restrictions on your license for corrective lenses, make sure you’re wearing them while behind the wheel.

2.      Know how to access and show/transmit your ELD records to your mobile device. It’s easy:

·        Step 1: Enable airplane mode on your mobile device.

·        Step 2: Open WiFi settings.

·        Step 3: Connect to your personal DriverTech network. It will be called “DT” followed by your personal device number.

·        Step 4: Enter the password “drivertech”.

·        Step 5: Select sign-in prompt or navigate to ra.drivertech.com on your web browser. It may take a few moments for your device to connect, so be patient.

3.      Ensure the “Roadside Inspection Guide,” the “Truck PC ELD Driver User Guide,” and a supply of blank paper logs are always in your permit book.

4.      Familiarize yourself with basic Hours of Service regulations, including:

·        11 hours is the maximum allowed time for driving per day.  

·        14 hours is the maximum allowed time for all on-duty (driving and non-driving) work per day. 

·        A 10-hour break is required after 11 hours driving or 14 hours on duty.

·        A 30-minute rest break is required within the first 8 hours on duty.

·        70 hours is the maximum allowed time for all on-duty (driving and non-driving) work in an 8-day period.

·        A 34-hour break is required after 70 hours of on-duty (driving and non-driving work) over an 8-day period.

·        8 hours of your 10-hour break may be spent in the sleeper berth.

5.      Always conduct pre-trip inspections before leaving each stop.

 

Thanks for helping keep our roads safe.

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