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.