Commercial motor vehicles driven in the state of Florida that are responsible for transporting goods or even hazardous liquids are subject to inspection by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) to ensure the vehicle and the driver are adhering to the safety requirements outlined in both state and federal laws. During the inspection, both the driver and the vehicle will be inspected, and any violations that are found will be explained following the conclusion of it.
When the CVSA inspects the truck driver, they will be looking at the following:
- The operators Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to ensure the driver has the proper class and endorsements necessary to operate the vehicle.
- Medical Certificate if the driver requires one.
Record Duty Status to ensure the driver is complying with all state and federal laws including the Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules.
- Seat Belt Use
- Alcohol or Drug Use and/or Possession
Shipping Papers for Hazardous Materials Transportation
- Unauthorized Passengers
- Other registrations, credentials, and licenses that the driver should be carrying
During the inspection, the CVSA will also look at the following areas of the vehicle:
- If the vehicle is transporting hazardous materials, the CVSA will look at “communications, performance-oriented packaging, registrations and permits, training, emergency response information, and cargo securement.”
- Coupling Devices
- Fuel System
- Rearview Mirrors
- Lighting Devices
- Steering Mechanism
- Frame Members
- Body Components
- Tires and Wheels
- Windshield and Wipers
- Exhaust System
- Emergency Equipment
- Cargo Securement- The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles states that “all cargo is required to be secured in such a manner as to prevent leaking, soiling, blowing, or falling from the motor vehicle.” There have been cases where materials have fallen off of trucks which have led to serious and even fatal accidents occurring involving passenger vehicles.
In the event the CVSA finds any defects or violations during their inspection, one or more of the following will occur:
- The CVSA will give the company responsible for overseeing the operation of the truck 15 days to return the safety inspection violation “certifying the [necessary] repairs have been made.” In order for a truck to be re-dispatched, all the defects must be repaired. Trucking companies and/or truck drivers are also subject to certain penalties depending on the type of violation that is found.
- In the event the CVSA finds serious defects, “the vehicle and/or the driver will be placed out of service and the repairs must be made before the vehicle can be driven again.” If the company and/or the driver were to operate the vehicle while it is considered to be out-of-service, the driver may face a penalty that could impact their CDL and their employer may also be faced with a penalty as well.
These inspections are extremely important as they help to keep trucking companies as well as drivers who neglect to follow state and federal laws off the roadway. Sadly, these inspections aren’t always enough to prevent a driver who isn’t carrying the proper license from getting behind the wheel of a large truck or a company from dispatching a vehicle that has defective brakes which is one of the reasons why so many truck accidents occur on our roadways today.
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