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

PUCO highlights motor carrier safety during International Roadcheck 2018

Enhancing truck and bus safety, security throughout Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH (May 21, 2018) – Lives are being saved every day in Ohio and across North America thanks to roadside inspections. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is participating in the 31st annual International Roadcheck, a transportation safety and security event, scheduled June 5–7 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.

This year’s focus is on hours-of-service compliance, which was the top reason that drivers were removed from roadways during the previous year’s roadcheck. New safety measures to combat hours-of-service violations include the implementation of electronic logging devices (ELDs) that automatically record a driver’s driving time, allowing for easier and more accurate recordkeeping.

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, which includes checking the hours-of service-documentation, 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, with around 17 trucks and buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United State and Mexico during the 72-hour period. 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.

More information about International Roadcheck is available on the CVSA’s website at For more information on the PUCO’s role in highway safety, visit



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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