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Across the trucking industry, drivers are subjected to an average of 1.2 roadside CMV inspections a year. So we released a new lesson: Roadside Inspections. This 25-minute lesson covers the ins and outs of a roadside CMV inspection, the types of inspections and criteria, and the consequences of various violations.

One of the top items drivers can get dinged on is not wearing their prescription glasses, and taking off their seat belts before the officer arrives. It’s completely understandable. Imagine if you’re a driver and you get pulled over. You know the officer is going to want your paperwork and maybe to look at your EOBR. So to reach that stuff, you unbuckle. When the officer makes it up to the cab, she sees you don’t have your seatbelt on. She assumes you weren’t wearing it — how else could she know?

Other real-world tips: Keep a folder in the cab with your CDL, medical card, hazmat certification, your manifest, and any other paperwork.


What's Covered in Roadside Inspections:

  • Why Roadside Inspections
  • The Seven Levels of Inspection
  • Preparing for Roadside Inspections
  • During the Inspection
  • Following a Roadside Inspection
  • Out-of-Service Criteria
  • Out-of-Service Criteria for Vehicles
  • CVSA Out-of-Service Penalties
  • Other Consequences
  • CSA
  • PSP (pre-employment screening)

The lesson also provides some simple, and perhaps obvious tips for a roadside CMV inspection. Once the officer pulls a driver over, they want to find *something*. It could be that they just give the driver a warning for a marker light out.

It suggests being non-confrontational with the officer, and to disengage rather than try to get into a heated debate. It reminds the driver that there is a process for disputing roadside inspection issues, and that most of those disputes are successful!

Finally, it drives home the fact that the driver is ultimately responsible for keeping their truck and themselves in compliance. To avoid a roadside CMV inspection, the best thing the driver can do is inspect the truck before they leave and obey posted speed limits.

As a safety and training professional, you’ll likely get your best uptake on this information by bundling it with the PRO-TREAD Pre-Trip Inspection lesson and making both lessons required viewing as part of driver orientation. These two lessons are definitely heavy on the regulations, but that’s the reality of life on the road. They both do a great job of demystifying and simplifying all the rules.

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