First Post-ELD Roadcheck Coming June 5-7

International Roadcheck will hit North American highways June 5-7, and this year's focus will be on hours-of-service. This will be Roadcheck's first year following the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, which took effect Dec. 18, 2017.

“The ELD mandate placed a spotlight on hours-of-service compliance,” said Capt. Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol, president of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which sponsors Roadcheck. “We thought this year would be a perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of the hours-of-service regulations.”

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According to Turner, 32% of the drivers who were placed out of service during Roadcheck last year were removed because of hours-of-service violations. It was the top violation category.

Time for a vacation

In the past, owner-operators have used Roadcheck as a time to take a little break. A 2016 poll of subscribers to DAT TruckersEdge, a load board for owner-operators and small carriers, found that 37% of respondents said they planned to take a vacation during Roadcheck.

Last year during Roadcheck week, DAT data shows a 23% increase in the load-to-truck ratio, which measures the number of load posts vs. truck posts on DAT load boards. Rates also moved higher that week for vans, reefers and flatbeds.

In a 2016 DAT poll of owner-operators and small carriers, 37% of respondents said they were going to take a vacation during Roadcheck.

Drivers and equipment under scrutiny

According to CVSA, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.

The vehicle inspection includes checking brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Drivers will also be asked to provide their operating credentials and hours-of-service documentation.

CVSA says that Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with around 17 trucks and buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during the 72-hour period.

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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.