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International Roadcheck Inspection is June 5 – 7 this year!

International Roadcheck CVSA ELD and hours of service compliance

The CVSA works with the DoT and the FMCSA to conduct International Roadcheck Inspections once a year.

Gear up or check out: International Roadcheck Inspection is June 5 – 7 this year!

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA,) the Department of Transportation (DoT,) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) run the International Roadcheck every year in the first week of June.

DoT officers conduct Level 1 Inspections on random carriers for DoT compliance as they travel across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The CVSA says that 32 percent of drivers were placed out-of-service during 2017’s inspections due to Hours of Service violations. Because of that, inspections for 2018 will focus on Hours of Service and ELD compliance.

Many drivers across forums and Facebook groups claim that they skip “DoT week” every year. Truckers on forums plan to take vacation or plan for a three-day break at home this year, as well.
But if you aren’t in that group, we want to help you prepare.

What does “focusing on Hours of Service and ELD Compliance” mean?dispatch BOL Super Dispatch car hauler

For this story, Super Dispatch spoke with the CVSA and some Owner Operators. SD asked the CVSA Director of Roadside Inspection, Kerri Wirachowsky how CVSA plans to “focus” on ELD compliance if all carriers are required to have Elog devices since April 1st.

“Make sure that drivers know what type of record of duty status they are keeping,” Wirachowsky says. “What we are finding is that a driver knows that he’s got an electronic device, but he doesn’t know if he has an electronic logging device, a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device, if he has a paper log, is he allowed to be using a paper log, and does he know why he can still do a paper log because there are some exemptions…so that is the sort of information we want to focus on with the driver.

Many drivers equate the CVSA “focus” to be a crackdown of rule enforcement. Wirachowsky says that enforcement is part of the blitz. But she says that the actual purpose of a “focus” for International Roadcheck is to focus on a topic for the drivers and industry. Wirachowsky says that CVSA creates educational flyers and hands them out during the initiative.

“They’re still going to be inspected to ensure they are not over the hours of service rules, no different than how they would be checked at any other time or in previous years when we focused on brakes or cargo securement.” Wirachowsky says. “But every year we trying to give out educational material and focus with the driver on something specific, so this year it’s hours-of-service rules.”

How to prepare for Roadcheck:

  1. Proper Trip Inspection before leaving

    • “If you aren’t compliant out there, you’re going to get a violation eventually. It’s just a law of numbers, it’s just going to happen… You are supposed to be compliant all the time. So you should always be prepared to go through a DoT inspection.” – Mark Guinn – Super Dispatch customer and Owner Operator of El Porico Logistics – says. “
  2. Minimal paperwork

    • ““Make sure it’s neat. Make sure you don’t have several expired registrations, insurance cards and other documents…… only carry what you need.” – Wirachowsky
  3. Know your ELD

    • “There are well over 150 electronic logging devices registered on the FMCSA’s website now. The driver only needs to understand how to use the one he has. Inspectors are never going to understand all the intricacies of every device. So when the vehicle is stopped for inspection, and the driver has no idea how to show the inspector his records of duty status and/or transfer files and do all the things that are required of the driver, it doesn’t go well…don’t leave it up to the inspector to try and figure it out.” – Wirachowsky
  4. Most importantly: be patient.

    • “Try to be patient and be get along with the inspector and listen to what the inspector wants you to do. Stay in your truck, provide the necessary paperwork and operate the controls. If the driver does that, and there are no issues with the driver or the vehicle, they’re through it in about 40 minutes, hopefully, with a clean inspection and CVSA decal(s) applied to the vehicle(s).” – Wirachowsky

 

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5 Ways Car Haulers Lose Money Everyday

Do You Know The 5 Biggest Reasons Car Hauler Businesses Lose Money Down The Drain?

Every business owner struggles with sudden out-of-pocket expenses and most of us have heard someone say, “That’s the cost of doing business.” So it should be no surprise that car haulers lose money and feel the pain of being dinged by additional costs on a regular basis. Since this problem is universal, all company owners try to identify and account for a certain margin of probable loss of revenue. Seeking solutions to minimize that loss is part of being fiscally responsible. So let’s rank in order from largest to smallest, the 5 biggest reasons most car haulers lose money.

…when a $700 vehicle suddenly becomes a zero, that’s a huge problem for everyone.

1) Bad Loads

Cited as the number one biggest reason car haulers lose money, bad loads include surprise INOPs that cannot be loaded, cars that are not ready for pick up, loads that suddenly cancel, vehicles that will not fit on the trailer, and cars that were already transported a week ago! Whatever the reason, when a $700 vehicle suddenly becomes a zero, that’s a huge problem for everyone. When a car hauler load board spits out a giant lemon, it’s a major loss, it’s immediate, and it usually has a snowball effect. It creates incredible amounts of stress within the company and can further pollute a once profitable relationship from moving forward. It’s a major problem, and in many cases, the primary ingredient is most likely due to the second biggest problem.

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2) Miscommunication

Between the customer, the pickup contact, the broker, the dispatcher, the driver and the owner, there are plenty of opportunities for somebody to drop the ball. Owners and drivers blame the brokers, brokers blame dispatchers, and dispatchers get completely frustrated because nobody answered the phone or took the time to call them back. Here’s the deal: when a driver is ready to pick up a car, that car needs to be there and ready for pick up, and the location needs to be expecting the driver. There are a hundred ways for this situation to go sideways and everyone plays a part in making it work out smoothly. The good news is – dispatch software can help! The scanner on a dispatch app does not record the wrong VIN and a GPS can help accurately ping a driver’s location. The internet can provide exact vehicle dimensions, the distance between cities, and quickly and efficiently import and move data. By implementing a transportation management system (TMS), miscommunications can be minimized thereby reducing the impact and frequency of an otherwise chronic problem.

Scratched Vehicle Damage

Owners and drivers blame the brokers, brokers blame dispatchers, and dispatchers get completely frustrated because nobody answered the phone or took the time to call them back.

3) Damage Claims

Unfortunately, it only takes one accidental scratch from a loose chain or a driver overlooking a dent during an inspection to cause the potential revenue of a load to be reduced to pennies on the dollar. Damage claims can be costly, time-consuming, and damage the reputation of your business. Creating the perfect BOL might sound unrealistic, but if you are experiencing regular damage claims, it’s time to do things differently. Life isn’t perfect, to err is human, but creating the perfect BOL is your best chance at reducing damage claims; and that’s a big reason why we’ve created the car shipping app that helps people just like you. (CLICK HERE to learn more)

4) Equipment Failure

Car Haulers Lose Money to Equipment FailureAll physical equipment suffers from decay, stress and strain; it’s part of life. Most owners and drivers know the limitations of their truck and trailer. When a sensor repeatedly malfunctions, ramps bend, engines use up fluids too quickly, or tires frequently blowout, that could be the symptom of an abnormal issue. Avoiding a bad load can help minimize excessive wear and tear, which includes reducing off-route mileage and driving in punishing terrain.

5) The DOT

Owners worry about excessive government regulations in any industry. But when a driver hits the scales or a DOT officer conducts their inspection, there’s always a good chance a violation will result in a fine. Although this additional expense ranked the lowest on the list, it is the carriers that work the hardest to follow all the rules and protocols that stay off the regulatory radar. Consulting with a knowledgable compliance advisor can also be an excellent investment.

That wraps up the 5 Ways Car Haulers Lose Money Down The Drain. But if you think I missed a big one, if I have them out of order, if you just want to comment, or you’ve got something to say about a car delivery app, I invite you to speak your mind. Thank you for your time, and keep on trucking.

— Super Jay

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