After the pandemic pushed last year’s International Road Check Week to September, it is back to its regular spring schedule. In 2021, the 72-hour event will take place May 4th-6th. This year, the primary area of focus will be on lighting and hours of service. However, drivers should still be aware of all parts of the 37-point inspection. Here’s what you need to know to be prepared and how CallPass’s asset tracking solutions can help.
Most Common Violations
There were over 50,000 inspections completed in 2020, and there was a significant increase in vehicles and drivers being placed out of service compared to 2019. Of those drivers, 35% had violated the hours of service. For vehicles, inoperable lamps were the most common violation, affecting 12% of all checks. Other reasons for vehicles being placed out of service included brake systems, tires, lights, cargo securement, and brake adjustment.
How to Have a Successful Check
If you are stopped for an inspection, remember to stay calm and courteous with the officer. Be sure to not drive if you are sick, tired, or under the influence. Having all your paperwork ready will make the process go much more smoothly. This includes a driver’s license, medical card, load documentation, and more. Keep a diligent record of service hours to be presented for enforcement. Every day, and while en-route, be sure to inspect the vehicle. Pay special attention to tires, lights, brakes, and your cargo. Make sure you are easily visible on the road by cleaning lights and reflective tape frequently.
Get Ahead of the Problem
As mentioned earlier, the best way to avoid violations is to routinely inspect all your vehicles and non-powered assets such as chassis and trailers in your fleet and repair any issues. One way to do this is to schedule a day and time to inspect. At the meeting, go through a checklist to ensure all items have been reviewed. Plan your next day of maintenance and get back on the road!
If managing appointments and checklists sounds overwhelming, utilizing the first-class asset tracking solutions from CallPass will boost your maintenance and overall management of each asset in your fleet. This is a two-pronged approach that uses a small, durable asset tracking device attached to each vehicle or asset in your fleet that sends data to a dashboard that you can access from anywhere. Not only does it help you keep track of where your assets are located, but it also tells you how long they’ve been on the road and precise mileage endured so you can better gauge when it’s time for a tune-up. Our sensors also allow you to monitor further numbers such as temperature, doors, cargo, and more. With all this information, it’s easy to schedule maintenance for when your vehicles and non-powered assets are home instead of emergency repair while they’re on the road.