Compliance Alert: Upcoming 2018 CVSA Roadside Blitz on Hours of Service Logs

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During the first week of June (specifically June 5th, 6th, and 7th), the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in conjunction with local jurisdiction will be conducting a focused blitz on Hours-Of-Service (HOS) compliance. According to the CVSA, 32% of drivers were placed out of service during last year’s three day blitz for HOS violations. Compliance officers will perform the North American Standard Level 1 inspection during these roadside inspections.

Other items are also listed as part of the level 1 inspection. The following will or can be a focus during the inspection:

Driver Information Check:

  • Driver’s license
  • Medical examiner’s certificate and waiver, if applicable
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Driver’s record of duty status as required
  • Hours of service
  • Seat belt
  • Vehicle inspection report

Vehicle Systems Check:

  • Brake system
  • Coupling devices
  • Exhaust system
  • Frame
  • Fuel system
  • Turn signals
  • Brake lamps
  • Tail lamps
  • Head lamps
  • Lamps on projecting loads
  • Safe loading
  • Steering mechanism
  • Suspension
  • Tires
  • Van and open-top trailer bodies
  • Wheels and rims
  • Windshield wipers
  • Emergency exits on buses
  • Hazardous materials (HM) requirements

Your drivers and vehicles will be eligible for a CVSA decal for passing a successful inspection with no critical violations.  This decal will be placed on the windshield by the inspector.  However, if critical violations are uncovered, the driver could be rendered out of service.  Prepare your drivers for the June 5th, 6th, and 7th inspection window.  They should be prepared with the all up to date documentation and any maintenance issue that are pending should be addressed.

Be Safe Out There!

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Please note that the information contained in this posting is designed to provide authoritative and accurate information, in regard to the subject matter covered. However, it is not provided as legal or tax advice and no representation is made as to the sufficiency for your specific company’s needs. This post should be reviewed by your legal counsel or tax consultant before use.