Roadcheck gives the US a false sense of security. Every year Roadcheck is announced by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance months before the actual inspection. This year Roadcheck will be June 7-9. It is bad enough that the trucking industry knows when Roadcheck is months in advance, now, according to Transportation Topics (May 30, 2011 p27), they are also announcing the key areas that inspectors will examine. This year "there will be a special focus on examining truckers’ logbooks…"
Can the industry make the test any easier? If you know you are an illegal driver, you take a vacation during the 3 days of Roadcheck. If you are a poorly trained driver, who thinks you are within the law, you drive.
ALMOST 20% OF TRUCK DRIVERS, ONE OUT OF FIVE, ARE SO POORLY TRAINED THAT THEY STILL GET TICKETED FOR SAFETY VIOLATIONS DURING THESE ANNOUNCED INSPECTIONS!
See my prior blogs on Roadcheck statistics and what that means for our safety.