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the upcoming Operation Roadcheck scheduled for June 3-5, 2014, it might be an
ideal opportunity to present roadside inspection facts to your staff.
might include how to conduct oneself, expectations placed on the driver by the
carrier and enforcement, appropriate responses to official inquires, and a
reminder to submit a copy of the report to the motor carrier within 24 hours
either in person or via mail, fax, or email attachment.
2014 will include primarily Standard Level I Inspections, which is the most
thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an
examination of both the driver and vehicle. Drivers will be asked to provide
items such as their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service
documentation, and will be checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol
and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as braking
system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe
loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer
bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and emergency exits on buses.
addition to the Standard Level I Inspections, the focus of Roadcheck 2014 is on hazardous
materials (also called dangerous goods) regulatory compliance. Any vehicle
could be carrying hazardous materials cargo, whether placarded or not.
Hazardous materials are transported routinely as cargo in commercial vehicle
fleets. These shipments require special paperwork, driver credentials, vehicle
safety, load securement, and hazard identification and communication, including
placarding, to signify the added risks of exposure in the event of a crash,
leak or fire. Hazmat-certified inspectors will be especially vigilant about
potential hazardous materials/dangerous good compliance issues during Roadcheck 2014.
to go for new medical examinations?
As of May 21, 2014, drivers and motor carriers must
use someone appearing on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
(Registry). Those licensed medical practitioners appearing on the Registry have
gone through a certified curriculum and passed a knowledge test in order to be
qualified to perform a driver’s medical examination.
Drivers can find someone examiners appearing on the
Registry at https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov. They cannot assume, for
example, the family physician or personal chiropractor is still qualified to
The employer has been given an important task to
verify that the driver truly went to a medical provider appearing on the
Registry. This role, however, is after the fact based on the federal
regulations, unless you have preferred providers that drivers must use.
According to 391.23(m), the motor carrier must
generate a note relating to verifying that a medical examiner appears on the
Registry. This note must be placed in the Driver’s Qualification (DQ) file in
accordance with 391.51(b)(9).