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International Roadcheck Week 2021 | Lights & Logs

May 4 – 6, 2021 is International Roadcheck Week

The focus for International Roadcheck Week 2021 is on hours of service and lighting. Over this 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers.

This year, inspectors will capture data on two categories, corresponding to the two main inspection categories of the North American Standard Level I Inspection – driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. For the driver category, hours of service will be highlighted, and for the vehicle category, inspectors will be paying special attention to lighting.

Here’s what you can do to be prepared

1. Check your lights

It’s not enough that lights simply turn on, they need to function for their intended purpose. Brake lights need to turn on when brakes are applied. Turn signals need to blink when signaling a turn. Headlights need to have high and low beams. The clearance light needs to function as intended.

If any light on your tractor or trailer is not functioning for its purpose then you will get pulled over for inspection. That means your logs will also be reviewed.

2. Is Your ELD in Order?

There are 22 potential violations that are associated with an ELD. Many of these are low-level infractions that most drivers don’t really think about on a daily basis but can quickly add up against your Safety Management Score. For example, is your ELD tablet mounted in the appropriate way to be compliant? Do you have a printed instruction sheet for your ELD? Do you have paper logs in the cab as a fail-safe should your ELD malfunction?

Some of these infractions are on a moratorium during the pandemic, but as those expire it’s best to be in full compliance now.

Below is a full list of potential ELD violations. You can also download a PDF version you can take with you.

     Citation
 Description
 Severity value
   395.8A-ELD
 ELD – No record of duty status (ELD Required)
 5
   395.8A-NON-ELD
 No record of duty status when one is required (ELD Not Required)
 5
   395.8A1
 Not using the appropriate method to record hours of service
 5
   395.11G
 Failing to provide supporting documents in the driver’s possession upon request
 7
   395.20B
 The ELD’s display screen cannot be viewed outside of the commercial motor vehicle
 5
   395.22A
 Operating with a device that is not registered with FMCSA
 5
   395.22G
 Portable ELD not mounted in a fixed position and visible to driver
 1
   395.22H1
 Driver failing to maintain ELD user’s manual
 1
   395.22H2
 Driver failing to maintain ELD instruction sheet
 1
   395.22H3
 Driver failed to maintain instruction sheet for ELD malfunction reporting requirements
 1
   395.22H4
 Driver failed to maintain supply of blank driver’s records of duty status graph-grids
 1
   395.24C1I
 Driver failed to make annotations when applicable
 1
   395.24C1II
 Driver failed to manually add location description
 1
   395.24C1III
 Driver failed to add file comment per safety officer’s request
 1
   395.24C2I
 Driver failed to manually add CMV power unit number
 1
   395.24C2II
 Driver failed to manually add the trailer number
 1
   395.24C2III
 Driver failed to manually add shipping document number
 1
   395.28
 Driver failed to select/deselect or annotate a special driving category or exempt status
 1
   395.30B1
 Driver failed to certify the accuracy of the information gathered by the ELD
 1
   395.30C
 Failing to follow the prompts from the ELD when editing/adding missing information
 1
   395.32B
 Driver failed to assume or decline unassigned driving time
 5
   395.34A1
 Failing to note malfunction that requires use of paper log
 5
 
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