10 things you need to know about Roadcheck 2019

The largest truck inspection blitz of the year is coming. For three days in June, enforcement officials will be conducting International Roadcheck at more than 1,500 roadside locations throughout North America. Here are 10 things you need to know:

Need help finding a truck or a load during Roadcheck? DAT load boards provide the largest and most trusted digital freight marketplace in the trucking industry, with more than 256 million loads and trucks posted annually.

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  1. When: June 4-6, 2019 (Tuesday-Thursday).
  2. Where: U.S., Canada, Mexico.
  3. This year's focus: Steering and suspenion. Download the flyer telling you what inspectors will be looking for.
  4. What else will they be checking: Brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices,  tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, and windshield wipers. Download the Inspection Cheat Sheet.
  5. How will it affect capacity: Many drivers will avoid the hassle and take the week off. During Roadcheck week in past years, the load-to-truck ratio has increased on DAT load boards, meaning brokers and shippers have a harder time finding trucks.
  6. How will it affect rates: In past years, rates have risen during Roadcheck week due to tighter capacity.
  7. How many trucks will they check: Last year, inspectors conducted 67,603 inspections during the 3-day period. As a result, 22% of trucks receiving a Level 1 inspection — the most extensive inspection — were placed out of service.
  8. How will it affect delivery times: All those inspections take time, so you'll want to allow extra time for freight to get to its destination during Roadcheck week. 
  9. Who's behind Roadcheck: It's a joint program between the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the FMCSA, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation of Mexico.
  10. Where can I get more information: See the International Roadcheck webpage.

 

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Pat Pitz

Pat Pitz is the editor of the DAT Solutions freight broker newsletter. He has nearly 20 years experience as a professional writer and editor. Before joining DAT, he spent 8 years at a Portland advertising and public relations agency, where he wrote newsletters and other content for a variety of high-profile clients, including several in the trucking industry.



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