72-hour inspection spree happening this week

| June 02, 2014

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz done by a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, will take place June 3-5.

CVSA says roughly 10,000 inspectors from state, local and federal enforcement agencies will during the 72-hour period be stationed at 1,500 inspection points across the U.S. to do roadside inspections of trucks and buses.

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What to expect during Roadcheck 2014

During the 72-hour Roadcheck program, in operation now for more than two decades, a motor carrier is three times more likely than usual to see ...

Last year, more than 70,000 inspections occurred during the program, resulting in a 22 percent out-of-service rate for equipment and a 4 percent out-of-service rate for drivers.

CVSA has on its site a checklist for drivers published on its site, highlighting a few of the main equipment targets for the blitz: Brakes, coupling devices, fuel and exhaust systems, lighting, cargo securement, steering, suspension, suspension and tires, wheels, rims and hubs. Click here to see the checklist. 

Roadcheck has been held annually since 1988 and has, according to CVSA, performed 1 million inspections.

OD Senior Editor Todd Dills wrote a “What to expect in Roadcheck 2014″ piece last month. Click here to read it.

  • things on to it

    That reminds me of a story I heard on the news some time ago. Out in a San Francisco
    a little 9yr old girl set up a Cool Aid stand an
    processed to sale cool aid for .25 cents on the sidewalk in front of her house. Don’t
    you know that the City sent a damn revenue
    man over to check things out. An the little’s
    parents where informed if their daughter would have to pay taxes if she made over a
    certain amount she would have to pay tax on
    her profits. Well the little girl was heart broken
    The girls Mom told the money grubbing man
    that if she made over that amount she would donate it to the needy Children of the city.
    The point I’m trying to make is it cost the city
    more money than the little could ever dream
    of making, just to up set a little girl or was it
    to show the little how our money grubbing
    system works. Way to go L.A.

  • Jim

    WELL, JACK W.
    I do my job but I still like to bitch. As I hold my steering wheel and move down the road I see many cars and pick ups that need a lot of things fixed.
    Let’s have a roadside inspection for them and see how many pass. Yeah! My friends call me a hobby trucker. Because I just take my time and wander from state to state stopping to take a break in every state.
    As for your statement. If you feel the need to express to others that you do your job. 9 times out of 10 you really don’t.
    There I just gave you something else too bitch about.
    Jim

  • Steve LaFleur

    Pre-pass has an algorithm that pulls tag holders in as well. There’s no “payoff” or bribery to the DOT. What an asinine theory.

    I pre and post every day, flip the hood as well, and do a walk around when I stop for a coffee or fuel. I’d be willing to wager money that I could keep a paper log better than you despite the fact that I now key in on an eLog.

    You stereotype that all company drivers are steering wheel holders instead of singling out the Swiftys, Weiners, and US Xpress bottom feeders out there.

    I completely tire of the “my shit doesn’t stink” mentality of OO’s who think it’s perfectly acceptable to run the bull rack 80mph for 20 hours straight and cook the books to make it happen.

    I’m not bought and paid for. And more than likely, either is that rig you own. I can walk a lot easier than you can.

  • USMC 69-75

    Marty,
    I was just Amen-ing to his last paragraph

  • USMC 69-75

    No, Marty, they are not “ALL” union….here in SC DOT nor law enforcement are union, some states may be, I can only speak for SC…..I have given up on the long haul about 5 years ago….. not fun anymore, to much B/S and whiners out there.

  • USMC 69-75

    Well Marty…..sorry , but you can’t please all the people all the time, I’m not trying to win any beauty contest, just calling it as I see it..Oh Well.
    What makes me a liar? The truth?
    You want to question my integrity, without all the facts…… Because I disagree with a poster that can’t even use a name other than guest?

  • USMC 69-75

    It’s not a matter of “loving” inspections…..but not being afraid of them! Like I have stated…..I would much rather pull in and request an inspection…..(on my terms) than get a random pull around….. By getting a request done, increases my (own) company safety rating, so less chance of a random.

  • trkteacher

    Martyymarsh I don’t fuel things and I am a driver and company owner. I own 3 trucks and run under my own authority. I drive one and hired two drivers. Road check as it is called is not about lies it is about safety. The fact is there are a lot drivers that don’t even remember how to do a proper pre-trip inspection of their truck. I make anyone that is applying for a job with me demonstrate a proper pre-trip before I put them in a truck. I am currently looking for 3 more drivers due to expansion of my company and have had 6 drives I let go from orientation for not know how to do a pre-trip. From the way you talk you have been holding a steering wheel for less than 2 years, I might be wrong. I have been driving a truck since 1999 when I got out of the Marine corps and I would not hire someone who talks like you about safety. I have 2 million safe miles and it is because of taking safety to a higher standard. Stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution.

  • martymarsh

    I’m not going to waste my time arguing with someone that would turn on their own, which suggest you may be on the other side anyway.

  • Jamie Rhodes Hardison

    Apparently more than what you think I do martymarsh…my first word was “truck”…

  • martymarsh

    Well I’m not sure how to look at it anymore, what I do know is these over paid revenue agents will do anything to justify their job. What a way to live making other peoples lives miserable, but then everything has always been about me.

  • martymarsh

    All I can say to that is they taught you well, because you can’t see we don’t live in a perfect world.

  • martymarsh

    Well I have been a driver since 72 and I couldn’t care less whether you believe it. Let me give you an example of it not being about money, I live in PA interstate 80 which most of us know is 312 mile long, you used to be able to go across and not get checked once, now it is literally possible to get checked 3 times at a minimum. It is obvious that all 3 spots are not going to check you, but you still have to drive thru them. Now if it’s not about money why do they have so many out there. Anyone would agree that PA roads are to bad to be running out thru the woods so you can’t avoid them. It also should be obvious to you as an owner how over regulated the industry has become. So to suggest that it is about safety, you would also have to say how out of hand we were, and that would be a lie. EVERYTHING your government does these days is about nothing more than the DOLLAR, and they found a gold mine in the word safety. The funny part is that is right from your own home town right down to Washington, this country will never be more corrupt than it is today and like everyone if you are doing good you will gladly overlook it, why rock the boat, right?

  • martymarsh

    Another thing that disturbs me, you are running 3 trucks and you drive one of them. When I was running 1, I couldn’t find the time to be on here commenting, nor would I want to, right wrong or indifferent.

  • trkteacher

    Ok martymarsh I agree with you our government is corrupt and I know most car vs truck accidents are caused by cars not knowing how to drive around trucks but, to say that road check is not about safety is nieve. Now is it all about safety no but is it mostly about safety yes it is. I told you to start being part of the solution. If you are as adamant as I am about trying to fix things do like I did start where the problem is. Kids learning to drive a car, I go to a driving school once a week and volunteer my time to talk to the kids about being safe around trucks. I am pleased to inform you it does work I live in San Antonio, TX and in the past 7 years that I have been doing this I have had more parents thanking me for what I do and some of them want to talk to me about also. So find a solution to a part of the industry that you think needs to be changed and try to take a proactive approach to it. I have read some of your other replies so let me remind of something from one marine to another. Adapt and overcome. I did and you can to if you just try. Start being part of the solution not the problem.

  • martymarsh

    Again, there was never a big problem to begin with, take P.A.T.T for instance. That was started by a lady that her son got killed, she has been making the whole country suffer because she suffers. Millions of truck drivers did not cause her problems. Then you have the fact that the government makes everyone go out and buy new trucks or they come up with new emissions BS so you have to at least up dated at a tidy sum. You don’t see trucks around anymore with their fenders flapping in the wind. Getting back to PATT, not long after they started I sent them an email letting them know what problems I was having with a company I worked for just because I stopped and took a nap. I suggested they call the company and ask them why. They wrote back and said, oh we don’t do that. They are in Washington where they can lobby and get big donations, so what is someone like that worth.
    I am part of the solution, I don’t fall for all the lies.
    Again, where do you find the time, I know what it takes to run a truck and you are running 3?

  • martymarsh

    That actually is kind of irrelevant, even though most are. You are still being taken for a ride, I found 900 and some pages of what the DOT pays and the lowest paid guy is 50,010 and of course that is without over time, this is SC, and like to many states you have a lot making a lot more than that. http://www.thestate.com and they don’t even talk about pensions.

  • Steve LaFleur

    And in turn, I’m not going to waste my time arguing with an obvious idiot who has been trolling this entire thread trying to pick a fight with everyone he disagrees with.

    Other side. What a farce.

  • martymarsh

    It didn’t take long for you to revert back to the third grade with the name calling, that is how all of you know it alls end it.

  • Steve LaFleur

    I never made it to the 3rd grade. It’s why I chose this profession. :)

  • martymarsh

    I like that, I only went to 6 myself.

  • Veldon K White

    Exactly Cwhop…I’ve missed them All..they can sit around a stupid truck show for a week and burp&fart on each other but can’t take off 3days?..everybody get off the road then nd let them look at each other

  • USMC 69-75

    What is irrelevant? That they are non union? I don’t see anything relevant about the SC link, but if it’s wrong for the average DOT or Law enforcement to bring home between 550 and 750 a week, as is the average company driver, or even a bit more than them…… I get tired of seeing these “drivers” not taking responsibility of the rigs they have been in trusted with and not even tell the owner it need repair, or the O/O hauling freight so cheap he can’t even afford tires. Heck I heard a driver complaining, on the radio that he was put out of service for an expired inspection…..but it was his bosses fault for putting him in the truck and putting a gun to his head and told him to drive?????
    We have it hard enough out there with the bad media and all, M.A.T.T. and all the rest of this garbage being shoved down out throats, and all we do is take it and complain! For the most part……

  • martymarsh

    The bottom line is, where do you think all that money comes from, TAXES, well if you can’t tax anymore you send out your revenue agents, and that is just one small arm of the government.
    Then of course it is so easy to blame each individual driver when if they stand their ground not only will they end up with no job, but they will also end up with their name in hirerite

  • martymarsh

    I have to tell you this also, I know a retired cop that has a $92,000 a year pension, this can’t go on and anyone that says it can is lying.

  • Big R Phillips

    Damn shame so many are bickering amongst themselves and missed the whole thing. Point blank? They wont stop until we stop!

  • Patty Cakes

    A HUGE BINGO on your thought friend … huge bingo ! ! !

  • USMC 69-75

    Marty, Good points, and I’ll be the first to agree that some “LAW” enforcement (police and DOT) get that gun and badge God complex, and yes that could hurt a driver’s record. But you know as well as I that we need them out there, speeding drivers (cars, trucks, MC etc.), driver’s and companies not maintaining the equipment, If it were up to the companies, yes they’d have you running endless hours, over weight, in unsafe trucks. As long as they know they have to stay within the (unreal) regulations, then they lose, but the driver isn’t always the scapegoat. If you believe that, I have some beach front property in AZ for sale. What driver’s are making .$30 cents P/M today? If they are, they either are newbies, or have very bad driving records and can’t find work elsewhere. I’m not saying that company drivers need to be mechanics, but if you want to sit because you have a brake out of adjustment, either get out and adjust it for safety sake if nothing else. but it is the driver’s responsibility to make sure their registrations and all paper work is right before they pull out, as well as the mechanics of it, don’t have to be able to repair it, but know if they pull out with defects, it’s on them, they are the responsible party, once they get behind the wheel!
    Either make sure it’s right, or refuse to drive that $.30 P/M job.
    I and guys like me, Own the truck, the company, and where all the hates. I don’t expect my O/O to do the repairs, but it’s on them to make sure their equipment is up to par. I personally have no problem doing the repairs, I know it’s done right, and I save the $100 hr labor bill. Besides while doing any P/M or maintenance, I’m also inspecting other things, just out of habit,
    So I guess we can agree to disagree on some issues…. Semper Fi!

  • martymarsh

    Yeah we sure do disagree, in 62 years I have never called a cop in 39 of those years as a truck driver I have never hurt anyone, so actually I have no need for law enforcement, all they have ever done for me is either harass over some chicken shit ticket or they kept my taxes high. Give a ticket at 3 in the morning in the middle of Nebraska with no one around, of course it don’t bother anyone that the clown was doing a 100mph to catch me. That is called do as I say not as I do, I don’t believe that is a law. I don’t care for people with a job they have to justify it, it breeds corruption, and I have seen to much of that first hand. You want honest safe drivers out there, that is easy, all you have to do is pay them and if they should refuse to drive the truck because of a safety issue protect them, the rest is bull shit.

  • chad

    If it was about safety … then why does every thing they find wrong come with a fine?… its revenues for the states and federal bank accounts… let me guess … the fine is to make you want to be …SAFE… not hardly, the thought of hurting someone or yourself is enough to make you want to be safe. … here is an example… my friend got a DOT inspection done in Lancaster PA, and he has a brand new truck and trailer … the trailer has DISK BRAKES… the officer actually asked him how to inspect the brakes, …imagine that… A POLICE department DOT certified inspector … asked a truck driver, how to do an inspection that he was “certified” to do… according to the state he works for … now tell me its not about the money… and I’ll tell you you’re a dam fool…

  • tommy g

    I always go find a hotel for three days and relax. It doesn’t matter how well you keep up your equipment, they will find something. Even if they don’t find anything, the harassment at every checkpoint isn’t worth it. A buddy of mine who works at a company with a squeaky clean csa score got two level one inspections in the same state on the same day. I can only imagine driving through two or three states in a day during the blitz. I’ve been driving 14 years and I’ve sat out every blitz, and dot of you’re reading this, you can kiss my ass and go straight to hell!

  • tommy g

    And fuck you too overdrive for deleting my last post

  • tommy g

    My apologies overdrive. I was looking at the wrong.discussion

  • tommy g

    Fuck you asshole

  • tommy g

    By the way 1.5 million ain’t shit. You must have been a local driver, if that’s all you’ve done before you.retired.

  • tommy g

    And by the way, I have over a million miles with no wrecks, but dot still treats me like I just graduated steering wheel holding school. No matter what, we are always the enemy(and vice versa)

  • kevin

    That’s why I don’t reply. Foul Mouths that don’t take there job serious, and blame other’s. Check your equipment and you have nothing to worry about…

  • Snakeyes

    Do your job and it’s no big deal. In the last. 15 years I’ve had no issues at a scale.

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