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Each year, federal, state and local motor carrier enforcement authorities conduct a three-day nationwide roadside inspection and enforcement blitz to check for compliance with federal motor carrier safety regulations (FMCSR). Both interstate and intrastate petroleum marketers engaged in the transportation of fuel in a commercial motor vehicle are subject to the FMCSR. This year’s enforcement blitz will take place June 2-4 on interstate, secondary and local roadways nationwide. In preparation for the blitz, petroleum transporters should make sure that they are currently in full compliance with federal and state CMV and CDL driver regulations.

Petroleum marketers who transport product in commercial motor vehicles should be prepared for a major enforcement blitz in June when a nationwide roadside commercial motor vehicle inspection sweep is scheduled to take place. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), a group of federal, state and local transportation enforcement agencies is preparing to put 10,000 inspectors at 1,500 sites nationwide to conduct approximately 75,000 roadside inspections on June 2-4 2015. The CVSA “RoadCheck” inspection sweep is an annual event designed to highlight common violations of state and federal motor carrier and HAZMAT transportation regulations. The goal of the RoadCheck program is to take unsafe drivers and vehicles off the road, increase awareness of inspections and their function, educate drivers about vehicle maintenance and gather general motor carrier compliance data.

Drivers who are stopped during the RoadCheck enforcement sweep should be prepared to undergo a full Level 1 North American roadside inspection. Level 1 inspections include the following: examination of driver’s license; medical examiner’s certificate; alcohol and drug use; driver’s record of duty status; hours of service; seat belt use; vehicle inspection report; brake systems; coupling devices; exhaust systems; frame; fuel systems; lighting devices (turn signals, brake lamps, tail lamps, head lamps and lamps/flags on projecting loads); safe loading; steering mechanism; suspension; tires; wheels and rims; windshield wipers; and compliance with applicable HAZMAT requirements, such as placards and markings.

RoadCheck inspection results will be used to determine which transporters will be selected for a more comprehensive safety review under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA).

Click on the following to see roadside inspection tips for drivers: Driver Check List.To learn more about RoadCheck, please go to: RoadCheck 2015.

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