Jane Clark, NationaLease’s Vice President of Member Services, alerts carriers to the need to always be prepared when it comes to surprise inspections.
Earlier this year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducted an unannounced brake check day over 31 US states and Canadian provinces. The result was that 12.4 percent of the trucks inspected had brake violations and were subsequently taken out of service.
This situation was the subject of a Jane Clark IdeaXchange blog. Jane makes it clear that always being prepared is not just a Boy Scout motto; it’s a maxim that all fleets should live by when it comes to their maintenance practices.
Announced visits give companies the leeway necessary to devote extra attention to those areas being targeted during PM inspections. But companies shouldn’t wait for those announcements to ensure that their trucks’ performance is in top shape. Jane recommends setting up a tracking system that will alert companies on a truck by truck basis when PM service is due, regardless of where that truck might be. That way, no truck falls under the radar.