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As part of a nationwide safety drive, the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the U.S. DOT are conducting a check blitz of truckers and their trucks at inspection stations along state highways. Police officers will inspect trucks at weigh stations and check for drivers who might have spent too much time on the road, reports the Fayetteville Observer's Fayetteville Online.

Authorities are putting the brakes on commercial truckers during Operation Roadcheck 2003, a 72-hour program to promote highway safety. The program is sanctioned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security. Inspections will be conducted at load stations across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Officers will enter the truck company's DOT identification number into a database as the trucks pass through the weigh stations. If an inspection is due or the company has a history of violations, officers will conduct a detailed inspection to ensure the truck meets state safety requirements..

ABOUT THE CVSA

"CVSA is an association of state, provincial, and federal officials responsible for the administration and enforcement of motor carrier safety laws in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Its membership includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all of the 13 Canadian provinces and territories, the country of Mexico, the U. S. Territories of Guam, Samoa, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Possession of the Northern Marianas. CVSA member jurisdictions are represented by various Departments of Transportation, Public Utility and Service Commissions, State Police, Highway Patrols and Ministries of Transport."



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paul,

when will they have 72 hours dot inspection 2513 year

Angel,

My husband is a driver. He mentioned that DOT National is wanting to check trucker's cell phones for text messages that correspond with their driving log. Has anyone heard about this? What are your thoughts? Does anyone know if this violates the driver's constitutional rights?

Stephanie,

My husband is a driver his solution is to take those 3 days off and for what he gets paid we can afford it

christine,

this is stupid..let the truckers do there job and get the stuff we need to the stores..why dont everyone just leave them alone

trucker,

according to the att. gen. the 72 hours blitz is the 5th thru the 7th....... google it!

Trucker,

some one dont know what they are talking about, every year they do these 72 hour inspections and I have never seen it done on a Saturday, usually it is on a Wed thur Friday, the 7-9th was last year. If it is the 7th-9th that would make it thurs, friday and saturday.

cheryl,

when is the dot inspection for 2012

Mark,

It's June 7,8,9 2012
I don't know why everyone is skeered of the DOT, i've been doing this for almost 30 years. If my equipment isn't up to snuff, I WANT someone to tell me about it. If the companies that any of you are working for aren't keeping their / your equipment in good shape, that's your choice to continue to operate it or not. The equipment that is in that bad of shape, needs to be taken off the roads that i'm on anyway. And NO, I don't have new equipment, all my trucks and trailers are 1994 - 2000 models.. SPEND money & keep everything in good working order.

Rachel is pl,

I am a dispatcher, my husband is a truck driver. I have about had it with DOT and our Government trying to destroy the Trucking Industry. I wish all company's would band together and shut down for 1 day and see how well this country can survive. It can not and its time everybody realize it.

Scoop,

When is the 72hrs start for 2012

juan gomez,

my boss does not want to expend the money to fix the truck what should i do?

Leroy,

I just wonder why drivers don't stick together anymore, and demand more money and better traetment? We drive 1/4 or more million dollar loads( truck,trailer.load) down the road and get paid minimun wage. See anything wrong with this picture?

God is a Myth,

Thanks to the "Old Timers" for ruining the industry with their cross-top speed taking and their anti-society law breaking ways....we have more goverment intervention now more than ever!

mm,

while it is our responsability to keep our rigs in working condition it is also the governments job to keep us safe and protected. Having said that, all I see it government waste, more taxes and restrctions for us...this inspection is another way of goverment unnecessary expenditure. let us make the money we need and want. And for those of you who call the newcommers rookies and unsafe drivers...remember you were one yourself; and the experience YOU now have was acquarided by being on the road!

David,

From what i understand from an oklahoma dot officer the goverment is doing the crackdown for 7 days not just 72 hours

Lydia,

WITHOUT TRUCKS AMERICA STOPS DO LEAVE THE DRIVERS ALONE AND FOCUS MORE ON IDENITY THEFT..

JOHN,

WHAT TIME AND DAY DOES THIS START

mississippi driver,

i think this is stupid they focus on rigs while they let these ragid 4 wheelers go down the road with no insurance i think they should leave us alone and let us work till we get tired who is it to say i can only drive 11 hours in a day then stay 10 hours that's too long to sit in one place they don't tell doctors or other professions how long they can work and to the driver in tx complaining if u don't like the job quite no one is making u do anything

willy,

Low income housing has to be inspected every once in a while to make sure the politicians have enough money to play golf..

missy,

does anyone know what they going to be focusing on during the inspections

carlos,

take a rest for 72 hours remember on this days specialy in alabama they put those friky rednecks to work in the rest area an they dont know what they are doing what they want is put you out of service and give you a fine what they want is money tell me if that is no the true..........thank ypou

Helen,

My drivers are going on the vacation for 72 hours

ETXMAMA,

My husband is preparing the trucks and trailers where he works for DOT inspections. He's told by some of the truckers that there will be come kind of inspections going on June 6th, 7th and 8th 2011 and I get the fun job of finding out what they'll be looking for in means of a checklist of sorts??

Driver214,

72hrs this year will be June 7,8&9

Dave,

This is great save a lot of lives, me myself was force to drive somewhere from 16 hrs to 18 hrs a day with an old very old truck, to meet the dead line and makes profit for the small family owned. The final ultimate is you have to cheated logbooks and drive like the machine, over 25000 miles a month, otherwise you get fire. The company i state is Megan Transport, base in Arlington Texas

danny,

I think it is about money not safety.
I think they should leave the drivers along.

linerider,

Sounds like a good 72hrs to shut down and go fishin !

charles,

does anyone know the dates for 2011

Vince,

As of right now, I hear the tentative date to begin the 72 hour inspection is 6 June 2011. Should last until the 9th. As I find out more, will keep you posted. Let's be ready. Look at it from a positive point to keep us and others safe on the road

john,

does anyone know when the 72 hour safety
truck inspection is this year

john,

does anyone know when the 72 hour safety
truck inspection is this year

maico,

when dot 72 hours on ohio

truckerswife,

When is the 72 hour DOT INSPECTION for Florida and Georgia ? Would appreciate the info

Doug,

I agree,the rookie drivers now are a big problem,how did they get their cdl?I bet they went to a week school or three days maybe,all training should be 8wks.long,like i did back in 1988.

Doug,

Everyone should park their trucks and shut down the country for a while,and demand some changes!

JHB,

Ends Thursday, June 10th at 2400

Jeff,

I am a 27 year OTR driver and O/O and to the idiot who calls guys like me a piece of s**t for going around the scales and avoiding the DOT cops...excuse me but i am not operating an unsafe truck, and i am also aware that when you are on their scale you are on their turf... sad fact is alot of those DOT cops are as crooked as the day is long...and they WILL find something wrong if they want to, so you rookies just keep on letting the government screw it up more...(csa 2010) or grow a pair and be part of the solution and not the problem (of course this rant is directed at the new breed of steering wheel holders)

Mike,

Peter:
The idiot is you and other drivers like you. The driver is the one that has to say no, it is your job to check your truck at the start of each day & the end of the day. If you or any one decides to move a unsafe vehicle they are the idiot. I have been driving for 23 years now & owen 2 trucks & trailers, when they need repaired they get fixed. The drivers need to say no it is going to be on the company & your record with the new csa2010 but you need to protect your CDL unless you don't care.

texasgurl,

The 72 hours Dot inspection in Texas is the first week of June.

scoop,

is the dot 72 hours june 8,9,10 if so thanks for that good news i will pass it on

kornel,

2010 dot june 8,9,10 tu,we,th

M.Kennedy,

When does the 2010 inspection begin?

Frenchie,

I am a Canadain Driver who comes threw Calis Me. We get Blitz every time they get a chance. I don't mind being insp, However,these officer's need to come down harder on the company's in their own yards.. Let us do our job.

badgirl,

72 hour inspection is usually starts on the first Sunday in June

john,

does anyone have the exact dates for
the 72 hour inspection for truckers
this year (2010)

peter,

so im wondering dot had to put this 72hrs insp because of this to many companys don't care about safety of their trucks

peter,

my boss is an idiot because he doesn't want to trucks to be fixed on the road when something gets broken he tells me a we are going to fix the problem when u get back to a yard ha ha ha right so when the dot finds something wrong they put you out of service until you get the problem fixed, plus that hi has to many trailers that they are to old and not safe to be on the road.....

peter,

i think this year they are doing the dot 72hrs june 6,7,8

Danny,

When are the 2010 72hour check date's?

Owner Operator,

For all you people saying "this is harrasment",,,, can you stop for 1 second to immagine what it would be like if we didnt have the DOT monitoring the trucking community? We'd have slum lord business owners who dont care about anyone running trucks that need MAJOR repairs (fleets) and cutting all our throats because of it.. if you dont need to pay repairs you can run cheaper.. And these blitz's arent for you law abiding truckers.. they are for those pieces of s**t who avoid scales and run around them.. its to take unsafe drivers and thier vehicles off the road.. give these guys some respect and a break they are saving lives... and you give them too much s**t.

os,

when is this dot over?

brig,

I think last years truck check was june 5 - 7 all across USA. Haven't heard a date for this year

taz,

Hi driver's this 72 hour inpection is happened to take place on the same time every year for the last ten years.. So the odds thats some one going to get inspected is 60/1 odds. Keep on trucking.

barecat,

can anybody tell me anything??

barecat,

has anybody went through any checkpoints in oklahoma or texas today..

Barecat,

whens the next inspection i heard it was june the 2nd-4th 2009 can you guys tell me anything??

DRIVER,

DORS ANY ONE KNOW HOW IT IS GOING OUT THERE?

Do`nt even ask,

How do you think we are going to make our appointments on time if we are being harassed by the DOT. We do`nt need you to tell us when we need a repair , We just do it !!!! TOO MUCH NITPICKING GOING ON FROM THE DOT

junkman,

on those days of the 72hr deal the so called dot treats us like we robbed a bank, smart mouths and most of them talk to us like we r animals, 20 yrs of this and its gettin worse with dot doin this for money not saftey,if u wanna harass somebody get the cars thats drivin 90 with a baby in a car r that car that tailgates a hazmat load oops they dont know what a placard is,oops i forgot our fellows who write the laws dont think its inportant for a driver to know he,s followin a load that could kill him and others, put it in the 4wheels drivers manual-- o i forgot, small fines with cars, big fines for trucks , its all for saftey thou

Frosty,

2009 starts june2-4 dot 72 HR CHECK

Denis Zvozdetskiy,

WHEN DOES THE 72 HR CHECK START FOR 2009

ANDY RAMIREZ,

WHEN DOES THE 72 HR CHECK START FOR 2009

Andi,

What is it exactly that they check? Like the driver and the vehicle?

plowboy,

NC started the 72 hr on thursday 5/28/09 no I 95 at the rest area at the 4 mile marker north bound side

dog,

pretty sure its the june 2nd

three phase,

does the crack down start june 2nd or the 3rd

SANTIAGO,

WHEN IS DOT INSPECTION IN THIS YEAR?

ELLEN WILLIAMS SC,

JUST HEARD ABOUT THIS 72 HR DOT INSPECTION. THEY SHOULD GET THE MEXICAN TRUCKS CROSSING THE BORDERS. AS DRIVERS WE HAVE TO HAVE ALL OUR STUFF TOGETHER. I THINK IT IS JUST AS FARE FOR THE MEXICANS TO ABIDE BY ARE REGUALTIONS AN RULES. WITH THE HIGH COST OF FUEL AN TAXES JUST SOMETHING ELSE TO COME AFTER DRIVERS. SOME OWNERS OF TRUCKS DONT WANT TO FIX THERE EQUIPMENT AN LEAVES THERE DRIVERS WITH FINES AN MAKES THEM LOOK BAD AN HAVE TO PAY FOR THERE MESS

bojo,

does anybody know,if they will be cooperate with immigration police ?

chris,

the way dot is and the cost of fuel the 72 hrs s**t would be a great time to park our rigs and sit for awhile if everyone would do it then we as truckers might get some respect back from the government

Dixie,

Our company shuts down business for those 3 days to avoid the harrassment.
We all carry current inspections, but
during those 3 days you get cruel and unusual treatment!!!

thomas,

whats the big secret on yhe 72 hour check

JC,

The CVSA site says it is June 3-5 2008 for the road check, which I assume is the 72 Hr Blitz. Good Luck everyone.

BB,

check calendar on the cvsa website.. says so right on the page

DEDRBTZ,

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHEN IS WHEN THE 72 HOUR INSPECTION IS FOR 2008...OR WHERE I CAN FIND OUT....GREATLY APPRECIATED..THANKS

Korne,

2008 72 hour inspection will be from June 02 to 05.

Tawana,

I also want to know when it is for 2008.
tawana1rd@yahoo.com

admin,

We've added more about the organization that is responsible for inspections to the article above, including a link to their Web site.

Wendy,

They aught to do a 72 hour or more on 4 wheelers then truckers, leave them alone, geez like the truckers dont have enough to worry about!!!!

Wendy,

I also want to know for 2008

peter,

When is 72 hrs inspection in 2008

trucker,

no df99 people think truck drivers are stupid because of people like you running your mouth!!!!!!!commie lib democrat? ha keep truckin buddy, get on the cb, lot of guys out there will be willin to get into an argument over that comment!!! me, im more mature than that.....happy trails Good Buddy

df99,

I bet trucker is a commie lib democrat! He argues with imaginary information. If he knew the facts supported by dot surveys he wouldn't have made his B S statement. Its not any wonder people think truckers are stupid with drivers like trucker running thier mouth.

trucker,

louie. sure am!!!!!more people would follow to the rules and regulations, there wouldnt be 72 hour checks, and you wouldnt see half the owner operators on top of cars or rolled over in ditches...

louie,

trucker. company driver

Gracie,

On I20 westbound in Mississippi I was given a complete inspection at the first scale and passed. It took 45 minutes to complete. Leaving the state, I was given an overweight ticket for 2000 lbs on the trailer axle. It took 30 minutes to write this ticket. How can the scales be so off? 5 miles later, Louisiana had no problem with the weight. This 72 hr push just gives numbers for DOT to use and to manipulate. They should just work the scales on a regular basis and give up this publicity stunt.

trucker,

if you all had your equiptment in good shape all the time you wouldnt have to worry about the inspection, your truck should be ready for an inspection 365 days a year

Brian,

I would like to know if it still going on i heard people there is nothing going on out there

dr.x,

does anyone know for sure when the 72 hour crackdown really starts?

talmadge62,

thats souunds like a trucker tale to me, i heard no more info. on it

Jose,

R u sure its gonna b from the 5th to the 7th of june.

Raul,

When will the DOT check be in Texas. Is it the same on June5-7.

Jody,

The 2007 72 hour DOT check will be June 5-7.
Tue, Wed, and Thursday.

James,

Is there going to be a 72 hour DOT check coming up? Heard that there was one supposedly going on right now or will be within the next few days.

dennis,

yeah it used to be just once a year but now its all different times il. had one already and mo. just had one. 2.28.07

Editor's comment,

Looks like LTL Willie is right. Check this web site - http://www.dps.state.az.us/news/CVSSDETAIL.pdf

It says "During Operation Road Check, federal, state, provincial and local officers will be conducting North American Standards Inspections around teh clock for 72 hours from June 6 - 8 throughout North America."

LTL Willie,

I think this check is every year. I heard Arizona is starting the 2006 checks on June 6. maybe its the same in other states

Admin,

Folks, sorry about the confusion, but if you read the date of this article, it is from 2003, and is archived on our site.

JV,

WHEN IS THE CHECK?

JOHN,

WHEN IS THE 72 HOUR DOT CHECK?

jonilphelan@msn,

when is the next inspection. I heard it was June 2-5, 2006. Is this true?


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