Are You Ready For the Mother of All Inspection Blitzes?


Pre-trip inspections are vital for truck drivers and can catch a number of problems before the truck hits the road. Make sure your truck is clear of all possible defects to remain in compliance.
Pre-trip inspections are vital for truck drivers and can catch a number of problems before the truck hits the road. Make sure your truck is clear of all possible defects to remain in compliance.

Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds multiple inspection blitzes. Some are a day long, while others last up to several days. The biggest one, a 72-hour event, has been announced for June 6-8 with a focus on load securement. While this event is focused on load securement, complete level 1 inspections will take place.

Over the course of the three-day blitz last year, the FMCSA averaged 15 inspections every minute across North America. These numbers are staggering. Just under 63,000 trucks underwent level 1 inspections last year during the blitz, and 13,000 trucks were placed out of service.

Just under 63,000 trucks underwent level 1 inspections last year during the blitz, with 13,000 trucks being placed out of service.

Trucks aren’t the only assets placed out of commission during these blitzes. Since this North American Inspection Blitz started 30 years ago, an average of 4 percent of drivers are placed out of service with hours of service violations or with other disqualifying offenses. Add this up and you’re looking at almost 15,000 trucks with wheels no longer turning.

What is load securement? Load securement is the ability for a load to withstand acceleration forces, deceleration forces, and lateral forces. While straps, chains, tiedowns, and latches are looked at to ensure worn and defective instruments are not being used, the movement of the load under force is the start and end game for this focus.

Since this North American Inspection Blitz started 30 years ago, an average of 4 percent of drivers are placed out of service…that’s almost 15,000 trucks with wheels no longer turning.

For those hauling agricultural commodities — sand, gravel, concrete, etc. — weight distribution will be key. These items are irregular in shape and tend to shift when accelerating and slowing down. When this happens, your weight distribution can quickly become out of compliance. Ensuring you’re filled properly can help with this issue.

Wheels turning keeps the U.S. economy moving. While it‘s imperative for goods to reach their destination, moving with a vehicle that’s not up to code or a driver who’s out of hours is a recipe for an out-of-service designation.

Inspection Blitz Quick Tips

  • Keep your log book complete, accurate, and legible to quicken inspection blitz stops.
  • Ensure your vehicle’s maintenance records are available and correct.
  • Complete your daily vehicle inspection reports so you understand where your vehicle could be deficient from a safety standpoint.
  • Take care of your vehicle and equipment to get through this blitz with as little impact on your valuable 14-hour allotment as possible.