The annual 72-hour North American safety blitz has returned to its regular spring timeslot in 2021. CVSA has set the enforcement initiative for May 4-6 this year, and once again, fleets and drivers need to be prepared.
For Mental preparation: Inspections will be smoother if drivers are mentally prepared to cooperate, follow the officer’s instructions, and are professional, polite and courteous during the greeting and interview, answering the officer’s questions truthfully.
For Physical Condition: Never drive when you are too ill or fatigued to drive safely, or after using drugs or alcohol.
For Paperwork and Documentations: Have all required paperwork organized and available for inspection. This includes a valid license, current medical card, load documentation, etc.
Use the right kind of log (ELD or paper log or time record) and keep it up to date throughout the day. Know what to present and transfer for enforcement. If using an ELD, make sure you have all required instructions and blank paper logs.
For Vehicles: Perform daily and en-route inspections, paying special attention to brakes, lights, tires and cargo securement. Clean lights and reflective tape as needed to ensure visibility and carry spare fuses and bulbs.