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International Roadcheck begins today

AMES, Iowa – June 5, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa State Patrol and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will participate in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Roadcheck 2012 June 5-7. The agencies will be working in Iowa as part of the 25th annual international truck and motor coach safety and security event consisting of 72 continuous hours of enforcement activity throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program directed to commercial motor vehicles in the world, with an average of approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected every minute from Canada to Mexico during this event.

Each year nearly 8,000 CVSA and FMCA-certified inspectors at 2,550 locations across North America perform more than 70,000 truck and bus inspections in the 72 hours of Roadcheck. Inspectors focus on the North American Standard Level I inspections, motor coach inspections, hours of service logbooks, and household goods carriers.

Iowa DOT motor vehicle enforcement officers will conduct commercial driver/motor vehicle inspections at locations throughout the state on roadways identified as high-crash corridors. Inspections will be performed to determine driver and vehicle compliance with the FMCSA’s safety and hazardous materials regulations. Trucks or buses with serious safety violations will be taken out of service and not allowed to continue until they are repaired. Unqualified drivers will also be taken out of service.

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