RoadCheck 2022 – Only 9 Days Away!

What You Need to Know.

RoadCheck 2022 is almost here.  If you are only hearing about this now, American Carrier Services is here to help.  In this article we will cover all the important things to know about RoadCheck 2022.

CVSA Inspections

Why Should I Care about RoadCheck 2022?

No one wants more hassle in their lives. If you fail an inspection you will lose a massive amount of time. But, even worse, that precious cheddar.  What good is spending time and energy in your business if you are needlessly spending your money?  More importantly, the future you’re working towards. Firstly, after reading this article about RoadCheck 2022 is make sure all of your files are in order.  If you are like me, then you are most likely way behind on mandatory paperwork. A full list of paper work is listed further below in the article.

Secondly, you need to do is brew a huge pot of coffee and get to it!  Actually, reverse that. Coffee first, get cracking second.

Big cup of coffee

RoadCheck 2022 Takes Place May 17-19

The third thing needed, after you’ve taken some deep breaths and chugged some legal stimulants, these are the files you are REQUIRED to already have up to date.

A full list of the paperwork that will be checked at RoadCheck 2022 is listed below. If you get nervous thinking about the first 3, then you need to hire someone immediately.  Luckily, we can help a lot to keep you on track.

  1. Driver Qualification Files
  2. Truck Maintenance Records
  3. ELD

RoadCheck 2022 What to Expect

If Road Check 2022 is your first experience the following information will save you from hours of lost labor. Those that have been in the industry for years, here is a great refresher so infractions stay out of your future.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), a nonprofit association, is composed of certified professionals dedicated to driver and vehicle safety. The CVSA is the authority that

…aims to achieve uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial motor vehicle inspections and enforcement…

Our member organizations, including 13,000 enforcement officials, are dedicated to transportation safety and are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals of uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial motor vehicle inspections throughout North America.

There are five geographical regions that make up the membership of the Alliance. Geographical distribution is as follows:

  • Region I – Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, US Virgin Islands and Vermont
  • Region II – Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia
  • Region III – Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin
  • Region IV – Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Mexico, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming
  • Region V – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia,  Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Yukon

Level 1 Inspections are the most common type of inspections that happen. Most of the inquiry will be all about the vehicle unit. Every year, RoadCheck has a specific focus point highlighting a topic.  And, this year the RoadCheck 2022 main focus is Wheel Ends.

Violations involving wheel end components historically account for about one quarter of the vehicle out-of-service violations discovered during International RoadCheck, and past International RoadCheck data routinely found wheel end components in the top 10 of vehicle violations.

What exactly is a Wheel End?

Wheel End

Other Vehicle Systems Most Likely to be Checked During RoadCheck 2022

  • Seat belts
  • Brake systems
  • Cargo securement; coupling devices
  • Driveline/driveshaft
  • Exhaust systems
  • Frames
  • Fuel systems
  • Lighting devices
    • Headlamps
    • Tail lamps
    • Stop lamps
    • Turn signals
    • Lamps/flags on projecting loads
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Suspensions
  • Tires
  • Van and open-top trailer bodies
  • Wheels
  • Rims and hubs
  • Windshield wipers

If your fleet includes buses, motorcoaches, passenger vans or other passenger-carrying vehicles:

  • Emergency exits
  • Electrical cables and systems in engine and battery compartments
  • Seating
  • HM/DG and specification cargo tank requirements, as applicable
    • HM/DG required inspection items will only be inspected by certified HM/DG and cargo tank inspectors, as applicable

Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork

RoadCheck 2022 is just as stringent with the paperwork requirements as vehicle road worthiness of the vehicle. 

The following is a list of paperwork that will be examined.

Drivers License 

  1. Drivers have been required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in order to drive certain commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) since April 1, 1992.
  1. Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC), Form MCSA-5876
    1. If the Medical Examiner determines that the driver examined is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with the physical qualification standards, the Medical Examiner will complete and provide the driver with a Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC), Form MCSA-5876. The Medical Examiner will keep a copy of the Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC), Form MCSA-5876 on file for at least 3 years.
  1. Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate (if applicable)
    • The Skill Performance Evaluation program is for CMV drivers who drive in interstate commerce. The SPE certification allows drivers with missing or impaired limbs to drive CMVs across state lines if they have been fitted with (and are wearing) the right prosthetic device, and the driver can demonstrate the ability to drive the truck safely by completing on-and off-road activities.
  2. Drug and Alcohol Testing Documentation
    • The United States Congress recognized the need for a drug and alcohol free transportation industry, and in 1991 passed the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act, requiring DOT agencies to implement drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive transportation employees. 49 CFR Part 40, or Part 40 as we call it, is a DOT-wide regulation that states how to conduct testing and how to return employees to safety-sensitive duties after they violate a DOT drug and alcohol regulation.
  3. Driver’s Record of Duty Status
    • Every driver needs to prepare a record of duty status for each 24-hour period. Failure to record, complete, or retain the log, or knowingly falsifying logs or other reports, makes the driver and/or carrier liable to prosecution. Logs must be kept current by showing each change in duty status.
  4. Hours of Service
    • “Hours of service” refers to the maximum amount of time drivers are permitted to be on duty including driving time, and specifies number and length of rest periods, to help ensure that drivers stay awake and alert. 
    • On June 1, 2020, FMCSA revised four provisions of the hours of service regulations to provide greater flexibility for drivers without adversely affecting safety. Motor carriers are required to comply with the new HOS regulations starting on September 29, 2020.
  5. Vehicle Inspection Reports (½ of the point of RoadCheck2022)
    • See above

RoadCheck 2022-Psychology has more to do with it than you think

Take some time (lol, like we have any) before RoadCheck 2022 and clean your vehicle.  Inside specifically.  Having an organized cab, that smells good, and is dust and clutter free is like a cloaking device from examiners. 

Become invisible

Because of this, the first impression you give to the examiner is CRUCIAL.  There are a lot of scientific research papers about how the brain works regarding first impressions. According to this paper,it only takes 100 milliseconds for the brain to form strong impressions that will directly affect how the examiner views you. Obviously, this may directly impact your chances of a good “relationship” with your RoadCheck 2022 official.  

Judgments made after a 100-ms exposure correlated highly with judgments made in the absence of time constraints, suggesting that this exposure time was sufficient for participants to form an impression. In fact, for all judgments-attractiveness, likeability, trustworthiness, competence, and aggressiveness…

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