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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750

PUCO highlights motor carrier safety during International Roadcheck 2017

Enhancing truck and bus safety, security throughout Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH (May 18, 2017) – Lives are being saved in Ohio and across North America because roadside inspections take place every day. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is participating in the 30th annual International Roadcheck, a transportation safety and security event, scheduled June 6–8 throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. The 72-hour event highlights the important role roadside enforcement plays in ensuring North America’s highways remain safe and secure.

PUCO inspectors conduct safety inspections of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on roadways all across Ohio in an effort to enforce important state and federal safety regulations. Each safety inspection follows a thorough process to make sure that the driver and CMV meet necessary state and federal safety requirements. Vehicles and drivers that fail to meet these requirements may be declared out-of-service and cannot continue operating until they comply.

International Roadcheck is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during International Roadcheck have numbered more than 1.5 million. International Roadcheck also provides an opportunity to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial motor vehicle operations and the North American roadside inspection program.

During the 2016 International Roadcheck event, State of Ohio specialists completed 1,269 inspections discovering 418 safety violations, including 407 out-of-service violations.

More information about International Roadcheck is available on the CVSA’s website at www.cvsa.org. For more information on the PUCO’s role in highway safety, visit www.PUCO.ohio.gov.

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

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