Getting Ready for Roadcheck
For carriers and shippers alike, planning is a key to keeping the supply chain moving during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) three-day International Roadcheck inspection blitz. Make sure your business is ready for tighter capacity and potential delays during the 2021 event, which will focus on hours of service and lighting. This year’s International Roadcheck will take place May 4 – 6, 2021.
How Shippers Can Prepare for Roadcheck
Some carrier companies choose to stay off the road during Roadcheck, which tightens capacity for shippers. Here's how businesses that need to move over-the-road freight can prepare:
- Book shipments with full details to increase load desirability among carriers – J.B. Hunt data shows that shipments with more info get booked at lower rates on average
- Increase flexibility around pickup and delivery to allow for added transit time and ensure facility schedules can account for delays
- Consider using drop-and-hook services to pre-load trailers so they are ready for quick pickup and drop-off by the carrier
- Check location updates for in-transit loads in Shipper 360 online or in the mobile app so you can alert facilities with arrival ETAs
Thinking ahead is critical to making sure the three-day Roadcheck stretch goes well for your business. Use Shipper 360 to book LTL and truckload (including temperature controlled) online a few days before the event to get your load matched with the right truck at the right time. The platform is free, easy to use and leverages digital freight matching – giving your business more time to focus on other tasks.
How Carriers and Drivers Can Prepare for Roadcheck
Take advantage of the time you have now to let your drivers know about the upcoming Roadcheck so your business can plan ahead and leverage the market. In 2020, more than 50,000 inspections were completed, resulting in 20.9% of all inspected vehicles being placed out of service. Some trucking companies stay off the road during the event, sometimes to avoid being placed out of service. Carriers that are moving freight during this time may be able to haul in better rates. Here’s how carriers can get ready:
- Use Post My Trucks in Carrier 360 to list truck availability and we’ll send an alert to your account when a load matches your preferences
- See assigned loads and automate location pings with the mobile app, helping facilities know when the driver is likely to arrive
- Use Carrier 360 Perks to save on maintenance from Goodyear and Pilot Truck Care – log in to activate rewards
- Access and e-sign the bill of lading directly in the Carrier 360 mobile app
- Be ready to show hours- and load-related documents in case of inspection
- Do a pre-trip inspection including ensuring lighting is working before hitting the road for a delivery
- Visit the CVSA site for more information on how to prepare
How Out of Service Violations Can Impact the Supply Chain
For drivers, hours of service (HOS) violations are among the top reasons for a citation during Roadcheck, accounting for 34.7% of out-of-service violations in 2020. If an inspector encounters a driver-related out-of-service condition, the driver may be placed out of service. Lighting-related issues accounted for 25.3% of all violations during the 2020 Roadcheck. Here are just a few examples of the ways a violation may affect both carriers and shippers:
- Delayed pickups and deliveries that could push back additional scheduled events, particularly for shipments with tight timelines or high service expectations
- Decreased revenue or additional fees for both shippers and carriers due to late arrivals, fall offs or added miles
- Reduced confidence in the carrier, particularly if violations occurred due to lack of maintenance by the truck owner
The overall cost of addressing vehicle maintenance and keeping a driver’s HOS on track could be much smaller than the cost of having a truck placed out of service during Roadcheck. The ripple effects of even one truck being taken off the road can disrupt an entire supply chain process. Plan ahead and leverage technology so your business can deliver on customer promises, even if there’s potential for disruption down the road.