It’s that time of year again—the Annual Roadcheck Inspection! As you may have guessed, shipping delays often arise during these inspection periods and capacity could be tighter. Shippers and carriers alike should be aware of what this means for their transits during this time. Find out what the Annual Roadcheck Inspection could mean for you and what you can do to prepare early.
The 2021 Annual Roadcheck Inspection Facts
Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducts an international roadcheck where certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety. This roadcheck takes place over the span of 3 days, with this year’s dates being May 4-6, 2021.
This Year’s Roadcheck Focus
This year, the CVSA’s main focus during the inspections will be lighting for vehicles and drivers’ hours of service (HOS). According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the lighting violation “lamps inoperable” (Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations 393.9) was the number one vehicle violation in 2020, accounting for approximately 12.24% of all vehicle violations.
Additionally, during last year’s international roadcheck, the top driver out-of-service violation category in North America was hours of service, accounting for 34.7% of all driver out-of-service conditions.
Making sure carriers and drivers are operating under the regulatory guidelines helps keep everyone on the road safe and helps ensure that your goods are shipped properly.
What the Roadcheck Means for Shippers
These roadcheck inspections have been known to place trucks and drivers out-of-service. Last year, more than 15,000 trucks were placed out-of-service during the inspection. Because of this, shipping delays tend to increase during these inspections. However, there are ways that you, as the shipper, can keep your freight moving smoothly and limit the impact any of these inspection-related delays could have on your supply chain. Some tips and tricks include:
- Tracking your shipment. Knowledge is power and knowing what to expect and when to expect it keeps you on your toes and ready to make adjustments when necessary. Tracking a time-sensitive shipment during this 3-day inspection helps you stay ahead of the curve and set the right expectations for you and your customer.
- Expedited shipping services. Although nothing in the freight shipping world is ever guaranteed, expedited freight services ensure your shipment is given top priority in transit. In the event of a delay, your cargo remains expedited and a priority over regular shipments.
- Partner with a 3PL. Getting the help of a third-party logistics company (3PL) opens up a great deal of flexibility for your shipping strategy. 3PLs specialize in coordinating the movement of freight and connecting shippers with carriers to handle their shipments. 3PLs also extend their services to an all-encompassing, one-stop shop for everything shipping, including alternative shipping solutions. Leverage their resources!
FreightCenter is the preferred 3PL shipping partner for small to medium-sized businesses everywhere. Our expert shipping agents will guide you through every step of the process and help you navigate any speedbumps that arise from this year’s CVSA inspection.