On June 2-4, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducted its 28th annual International Roadcheck. This 72 hour event, which is the largest targeted enforcement event for commercial motor vehicles in the world, features over 1000 CVSA certified local, state, and Federal inspectors performing vehicle inspections all throughout North America.
Each year, the CVSA focuses on a different category of violations. This year the theme is cargo securement, focusing on proper loading and securing of cargo. Inspections will consist of the North American Standard Level I inspection, which is the most thorough available. This features a 37 point assessment that focuses on both the vehicle as well as the driver.
This program, sanctioned by the CVSA, includes involvement from the largest transportation agencies in North America: FMCSA, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico). During the 28 years this event has been held, in which 1.4 million inspections have taken place, it is estimated that 318 lives have been saved and 5840 injuries have been eliminated.
While Roadcheck is always important, the message of safety is especially relevant this year, and not just in regards to cargo security. The industry is abuzz due to the upcoming electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, which has renewed focus and discussion on the importance of safety in the transportation industry.
You may have heard about many of the benefits of ELDs over the last few months. And there are many: paperwork reductions, violations reductions through electronic driver logs, methods to retain and engage drivers, and countless others.
One of the benefits especially relevant for Roadcheck is using electronic Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) available from ELD providers. Proper vehicle maintenance starts with a comprehensive pre- and post-trip inspections as mandated by FMCSA regulation §396.11. These inspections can be completed with either paper or electronically, but both methods are not equal!
Let’s take a look at some of the differences between paper and electronic inspection reports….
Without an electronic solution, drivers generate reports by inspecting the truck, filing out hand-written paperwork on items that need to get fixed, and filing with the back office. This requires the driver to be back at a home depot or send reports through the mail.
Without electronically filing DVIRs, fleets encounter the following issues:
- Inspections are poorly documented, if performed at all.
- Repairs are delayed due to paperwork slowing getting to the maintenance personnel who can fix the truck.
- Storing excess paperwork for the 3 months minimum is a hassle.
- Keeping everyone informed about the health of the truck is a challenge.
- Drivers struggle to explain a problem in writing, when a picture can be worth 1,000 words
- Inspections may miss items that should be carefully looked at, like cargo securement. If improperly secured items lead to an out-of-service error that translates into lost revenue.
Fleets want to automate the inspection report process, quickly transmit issues to maintenance personnel for attention, and keep the truck on the road. Truck drivers want to make sure their truck is running well. Similar to the results CVSA is looking for with Roadcheck.
Why use electronic DVIRs?
- Ensures drivers complete proper pre-and post-trip inspections each and every time, with no wasted time on clean inspections
- Saves fleets money by replacing paper vehicle inspection reports
- Increases accuracy through simple prompts and error detection logic
- Improves defect resolution process by enhancing communication between drivers and mechanics, so issues are identified and resolved quickly
The detailed inspections performed at Roadcheck will help identify where fleets can improve, ultimately leading to less accidents and safer trucks. And using tools like an electronic driver vehicle inspection report that has requirement of electronic logging device, can help reduce the Out of Service rates down from 2014’s 4.8%.
To keep up to date about the ELD mandate and how it affects you, visit eldfacts.com, an important new information site designed to foster industry understanding of this critical legislation.