Commercial truck drivers in West Virginia and the rest of the nation should be aware of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual International Roadcheck event that is scheduled to take place June 5-7, 2018. The annual three-day event, which will take place throughout North America, is used by the CVSA to highlight and enforce truck and bus safety. The focus for the 2018 event will pertain to hours-of-service compliance to coincide with the execution of the electronic logging device mandate issued by the United States Department of Transportation.
For the 2017 International Roadcheck event, hours-of-service violations were the primary reason drivers were designated out of service. The electronic logging device requirement highlighted hours-of-service compliance, even though the mandate that became effective on December 18, 2017, did not modify any fundamental hours-of-service rules or exceptions. According to the president of the CVSA, 2018 was the ideal time to emphasis how significant regulations for hours of service are.
During the event, CVSA inspectors will conduct complete Level I inspections on the majority of rigs that will be examined. Level I inspections are comprehensive inspections that involve the examining of vehicle violations and driver compliance.
The CVSA has stated that during previous years of the three-day event, an average of 15 buses and trucks underwent inspection. In 2017, there were 63,000 inspections conducted. The number of out-of-service orders that were issued totaled 15,000. Those related to drivers totaled 3,000, while the remaining 12,000 pertained to vehicles.
A personal injury attorney may pursue financial damages on behalf of clients injured in accidents involving commercial trucks or buses. Lawsuits may be filed against multiple parties, including drivers who are unfit or unqualified to be behind the wheel. Truck carriers may also be held liable for negligent truck maintenance, falsified trucking logs and other federal trucking regulation violations.