Roadside vehicle, driver inspection event scheduled in June

May 17, 2017 By    

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) plans to sponsor a “roadcheck” enforcement event June 6-8 at locations across the United States, according to the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA).

The roadside inspection effort will take place at locations where roadside inspection officers conduct commercial vehicle and driver inspections, NPGA says. Both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration also plan to support the event.

NPGA says last year’s event involved about 10,000 CVSA and FMCSA inspectors at about 2,500 fixed and temporary locations, which resulted in an inspection rate of about 900 inspections per hour. NPGA recommends drivers have all paperwork and required documents or labels accessible for the inspections.

Inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Level I Inspection, which evaluates both the driver and the vehicle, NPGA adds. The inspectors will check for the following items:

  • Driver credentials (driver’s license or commercial driver’s license and medical certificate)
  • Driver’s hours-of-service compliance
  • Carrier and vehicle credential documents (markings, proof of annual inspection, international fuel tax agreement and international registration plan)
  • Shipping papers (bills of lading, hazardous materials shipping papers)
  • Cargo tank inspections – annual inspection and pressure test

Inspectors will also check for vehicle violations, such as inoperative lights, tire tread depth, and oil or grease leaks. In addition, CVSA plans to focus its inspections during this year’s event on cargo securement. For more information on how to prepare for roadside inspections, check out the Propane Education & Research Council’s training material on roadside stops.

About the Author:

Megan Smalley was an associate editor at LP Gas magazine.

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