With the efficient movement of freight now a national priority during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has decided to postpone its annual International Roadcheck inspection blitz in 2020.
Roadcheck is a high-visibility, high-volume inspection and regulatory enforcement event that takes place once a year with an emphasis on commercial vehicle safety. The safety inspect blitz was originally scheduled for May 5-7, but the agency has decided to postpone Roadcheck to later in the year. CVSA said it will monitor the status of the pandemic and appropriately select the new dates when it’s safe and reasonable to do so.
However, CVSA said, roadside safety inspections and traffic enforcement will continue to be conducted every day, with enforcement personnel following their departmental health and safety policies and procedures, as appropriate.
“As we urgently respond to this time-sensitive crisis, we must remain diligent and committed to ensuring that the commercial motor vehicles and drivers providing essential goods and services to our communities are following motor carrier safety regulations,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “Safety doesn’t take a break. It is always our top priority.
“International Roadcheck has run on-schedule for the past 32 years, so its postponement was thoroughly and thoughtfully discussed before we made this decision, but it wasn’t a difficult decision to make,” said Samis. “This experience is unprecedented in our modern society, and we need to do all that we can to help stop the spread of this global pandemic.”
At this time, CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week is still scheduled for July 12-18 and Brake Safety Week is still set for Aug. 23-29.