D.O.T. Week
Your Destination for Roadcheck Readiness

D.O.T. Week is right around the corner, May 4 - 6! This annual, 72-hour International Roadcheck is conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and involves all commercial motor vehicles and drivers.

Check Your Readiness

2021 Focus - Lighting and Hours of Service

Each year, the CVSA emphasizes two areas of focus based on previous-year data in two main categories—driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. This year’s focus will be on:

Hours of Service

Drivers must adhere to the service regulations outlined for their specific geographic location (Mexico, Canada, and US), as it relates to:

  • Not exceeding the maximum amount of hours allowed spent driving and working.
  • Meeting minimum amount of time drivers must rest between driving shifts.
Vehicle Lighting

Inspectors will evaluate the following, but not limited to:

  • Headlamps, tail lamps, clearance lamps, identification lamps, license plate and side marker lamps, stop lamps, turn signals, and lamps on projecting loads.
  • Proper color, operation, mounting, and visibility.
  • The condition and location of reflectors and retroreflective sheeting.

D.O.T Violations in 2020

Drivers issued a violation for drivers exceeding their hours of service.

Vehicles issued a lighting-related violation

Vehicles cited for an inoperable required lamp—#1 violation

Roadcheck Readiness Checklist

Inspectors follow the 37-step North American Standard Level 1 Inspection. The following checklist is based directly on this inspection and intended to gauge your readiness.

  • Check Yes — if you are confident the appropriate documentation and/or vehicle fitness is in order.
  • Check No/Not Sure — if you need to take action or are unsure.
  • Check Not Applicable — if the question is not applicable to you.

Don't have time to take the assessment now? Download our printable checklist here instead and reference later.

For more information on the 37-step North American Standard Level 1 Inspection, visit the CVSA website.

Driver Inspection - Can You provide the following documentation:

  1. Valid driver’s license?
  2. Medical Examiner's certificate?
  3. Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) certificate?
  4. Up-to-date Record of Duty Status (driver’s log)?
  5. Up-to-date Daily Inspection Report?
  6. Periodic Inspection Report(s)?

Vehicle Inspection - Are the Following Areas/Items in Satisfactory Condition?

  1. Front of Tractor - headlamps, turn signals, and windshield wipers
  2. Left Front Side of Tractor - front rim, hub, and tire
  3. Left Saddle Tank Area - fuel tank and exhaust system
  4. Front of Trailer - air and electrical lines and driveline/driveshaft
  5. Left Rear of Tractor - rims, hubs, tires, fifth wheel, and all required lamps
  6. Left Side of Trailer - frame and body, hoses, open-top trailer bodies, and cargo securement
  7. Left Rear Trailer Wheels - rims, hubs, tires, and sliding tandem
  8. Rear Trailer - all required lights/lamps and cargo securement
  9. Double, Triple Trailer - all safety devices
  10. Right Rear Trailer Wheels - wheels, rims, hubs, tires, and sliding tandem
  11. Right Side of Trailer - frame and body, hoses, open-top trailer bodies, and cargo securement
  12. Right Rear of Tractor - wheels, rims, hubs, tires, fifth wheel, and all required lamps
  13. Right Saddle Tank Area - fuel tank and exhaust system
  14. Right Front Side of Tractor - front wheel, rim, hub, and tire
  15. Steering Axle(s) - steering system, front suspension
  16. Steering Axle(s) - front axle, frame, and brake components
  17. Axles 2 and/or 3 - driveline, suspension, frame, and brake components
  18. Axle 4 and/or 5 - driveline, suspension, frame, and brake components
  19. Brake Adjustment - air pressure and leak free
  20. Tractor Protection System and Emergency Brakes - secure and leak free
  21. Brake System Warnings - all applicable lamps
  22. Air Loss Rate on Brakes - Airbrake Inspection Procedure
  23. Steering Wheel Lash - ensure measurements are within range
  24. Fifth Wheel Movement - no excessive movement

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Your Roadcheck Readiness Results

Thank you for taking the time and attention to prepare for D.O.T. Week. Be sure to turn your attention to any item where you answered No/Unsure. Keep on keeping safe!

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