What Shippers and Carriers Can Do to Get Ready for CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2021
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place May 4-6, 2021, a few months earlier than last year. Over that 72-hour period, CVSA-certified inspectors throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will conduct roadside inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers in an effort to strengthen motor carrier, vehicle, and driver safety.
International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program for commercial motor vehicles in the world. During the three-day event, nearly 15 trucks or buses on average are inspected every minute across North America. Inspectors will be looking for critical vehicle and driver violations, and if any are found, then a vehicle or driver will be placed out of service until the identified issue has been resolved.
As a result, International Roadcheck usually leads to tight capacity and longer transit times for shipments. Whether you’re a shipper or a carrier, at Echo Global Logistics, we’re here to help you prepare for and navigate through the upcoming International Roadcheck.
What Shippers Can Do to Avoid Possible Issues
International Roadcheck can cause capacity challenges and transit delays, but there are actions shippers can take to mitigate potential issues, including:
- Factor in the longer lead time it may take to source trucks
- Build in flexibility to your delivery date
- If possible, adjust shipment pick-ups to take place before International Roadcheck
- For non-critical shipments, determine if you can hold orders until after the inspection period ends
- If the load is critical, evaluate expedited options with time-definite services
- Leverage Echo’s industry expertise and multimodal shipping solutions to explore alternate transportation options
What Carriers Can Do to Prepare for Inspections
While International Roadcheck is an important initiative to enhance safety on the road, inspections can cause disruptions for carriers. Here’s what carriers can do to prepare for possible inspections so they can prevent violations and get back on the road quickly:
- Review the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, the pass-fail benchmarks for inspections, to be sure both vehicles and drivers are compliant with regulations
- Ensure your vehicle lights are operating correctly as this will be a focus area for vehicle inspections in 2021
- Continue to focus on operating within the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations as required
- Inspectors will check a driver’s operating credentials as well as other applicable documentation, so be sure to organize your paperwork in advance and keep these documents handy
- Review the CVSA’s North American Standard Roadside Inspection Vehicle Cheat Sheet to learn more about the parts of your vehicle that may be inspected
At Echo, we take the complicated out of transportation management. Our team of logistics experts will evaluate your unique transportation needs and ensure you get the solutions that are best for your business during the upcoming International Roadcheck and beyond.
Echo services all modes of transportation, including truckload, partial truckload, LTL, intermodal, and expedited. To book a shipment with Echo, contact a representative today at 800-354-7993 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or request a quote for a shipment.