Annual Roadcheck inspection May 5-7; focus on drivers


You’ve got a bit more than 90 days to get ready for the annual intense, three-day inspection blitz of commercial vehicles across North America. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s today announced this year’s International Roadcheck will take place May 5-7.

And, fair warning, inspectors are going to focus on driver requirements including, among other things:

  • current valid CDL and DOT medical certificate
  • record of duty status
  • no drugs or alcohol
  • seat belt use
  • proof of insurance
  • evidence of periodic inspections

(You can see the entire list here.)

“With last year’s federal electronic logging device full-compliance mandate in the U.S., the alliance decided that this year’s International Roadcheck would be the perfect opportunity to revisit all aspects of roadside inspection driver requirements,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police.

In the past, Roadcheck usually took place during the first week of June. However, this year, it was moved up by one month, from June to May, when the weather may be more favorable for many jurisdictions, according to the CVSA statement.

During Roadcheck, CVSA-certified inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes two main inspection categories: an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness, according to a statement from the alliance. A third category, hazardous materials/dangerous goods, may also be part of a Level I Inspection.

According to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s fiscal 2019 data (as of Dec. 27, 2019), of the 3.36 million inspections conducted, 944,794 driver violations were discovered, of which 195,545 were out-of-service conditions.