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02-01-11, 03:59 PM #1Rookie
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I work in the transportation industry and am searching for good, educational videos about roadside inspections of CMVs. I've searched youtube and LEO-focused vid sharing sites, but haven't had any luck.
I was wondering if anyone on this site could point me to some videos that show what prompts roadside inspections, what LEOs look for (in terms of driver and/or vehicle), etc.
If you know of any other non-video materials that pertain to this subject, that would be helpful as well.
Thanks in advance for any assistance anyone can offer.
02-01-11, 04:14 PM #2RookieVerified LEO
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Snoop around at the below link. You might find something helpful there.
Related Links - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
02-01-11, 04:39 PM #3
While it may be available somewhere online, O/R is not going to participate in spreading information on what prompts vehicle searches, or what LEO's look for during a vehicle search. I believe your intentions are innocent, but we will not participate in spreading information that may be used to circumvent a LEO performing their duties.
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02-01-11, 05:29 PM #4
As it pertains to commercial vehicle inspections, this is actually a good question, and the information you are seeking is public information.
Check this link: North American Standard Driver/Vehicle Inspection Levels - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(This is the North American Standard Vehicle Inspection Levels for Commercial Vehicle Inspections)
Then this one: TheTrucker.com - America's Trucking Newspaper
(This is an article detailing the newly released Out of Service Criteria for Commercial Vehicles under North American Standards. It closely mirrors 1/2 of requirements under Appendix G from your Federal Motor Carrier Regs book)
As far as selection criteria for roadside inspections, it comes basically from a number of factors. Most roadsides are conducted by opportunity, however having current CVSA stickers will signal to enforcement personnel that the vehicle has recently undergone an inspection, and these are more frequently passed without a vehicle re-inspection, barring there being an obvious violation already observed. Safety performance factors which rate the company's history of deficiencies vs. passed inspections are also used in a selection process for vehicle inspections. Companies with higher frequency of maintenance issues tend to get more attention. To see how a brief summary of how company has done, follow this link:
SAFER Web - Company Snapshot
Although this site doesn't give deep details on a company's violations, it is similar in function to the actual database used to determine selection for audit (and inspections) it is publically accessible.
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02-02-11, 10:02 AM #5
Basically, correct log and paperwork, and that the vehicle is safe to operate.The world would be much cleaner if blind people carried brooms instead of sticks.
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02-02-11, 10:27 AM #6Rookie
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Thanks for your responses; this is helpful. As I mentioned to Jmur via PM, I have no ill intentions (but completely understand where he's coming from). Just looking for materials that will help explain how a driver can be compliant.
Jim and CountyBear - thanks for the links.
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02-02-11, 10:50 AM #7
Thanks for the understanding Joe. I actually learned somethings from CB's links and post. I wish I was DOT certified to give you some better answers.
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