The CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
) will conduct roadside safety inspections June 7-9. What is CVSA? They are your worst nightmare! They are an alliance made up of every kind of imaginable law enforcement agency responsible for commercial vehicles. The alliance is made up of federal DOT inspectors, state highway patrol inspectors, public utilities inspectors, and may include city and county officers as well. Their goal is to make sure the commercial vehicle operators of America are operating safely.
What can you expect? Drivers can expect to be routed off the highway for an inspection of the vehicle as well as the driver. Log books will be checked. Weights will be checked. Manifests or trip tickets will be checked along with the usual tire inspection, brake inspection, lights, mirrors, etc.
If a driver is more than 100 air-miles away from his base of operation, he needs a log book and it should be updated from his last change in activity. No matter who or where you are, if you are operating a commercial vehicle, a daily vehicle inspection report book should be in the vehicle. Failure to have either one of these items accurately up to date for the moment of the stop will invite a much deeper probe and inspection as it sends an immediate red flag that the driver simply doesn’t care about safety and regulations.
If a commercial vehicle is less than 100 miles away from the base of operations, believe it or not, the officer might not know it's not required. I say this because most of their contacts are with big rig drivers who almost always travel more than 100 miles away from their base. Enforcement officers do not regularly interact with licensed limousine and livery vehicles.
While we should be ready for an inspection on any given day, you need to be absolutely sure you are ready for the next three days. CVSA plans to do three times as many random inspections as it does on any other day, and they are staffed up and ready to go.
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