Stevens Worldwide Van Lines Safety Manager Gets First-Hand Look into Nationwide Roadside Truck Safety Inspections

The vehicle safety manager at Stevens Worldwide Van Lines will get an up close look at vehicle safety inspections as he observes law enforcement officers this week during Roadcheck 2010.

John Flanagan, manager of quality, safety and fleet services at Stevens, will shadow Michigan State Police troopers on Tuesday, June 8 at Roadcheck 2010, which is the world’s largest targeted enforcement program on vehicles.

Roadcheck is an intensified version of the inspections that law enforcement officers perform regularly. During the three-day annual Roadcheck 2010 event, law enforcement officials focus on inspecting commercial vehicles, driver safety and security issues. If safety or operational issues are discovered during Roadcheck inspections, drivers can be issued citations or ordered out of service until the problems are resolved. The year marks 23 years of Roadcheck.

Last year during Roadcheck, officials inspected 72,782 trucks and buses at 2,148 locations. Of the vehicles inspected, approximately 19.6% were placed out of service for mechanical or safety problems.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance coordinates this event, which targets truck and bus safety in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is a network of state and federal truck and bus safety and enforcement organizations. Stevens is an associate member of the Commerical Safety Vehicle Alliance.

Flanagan will observe the Roadcheck at a rest area on southbound I-75 near Clio, Mich. By shadowing the inspectors, Flanagan will gain important information and insight not only for managing and enforcing safety standards for the Stevens Worldwide Van Lines’ fleet of vehicles, but also for the moving industry in general. His currently co-chair of the American Moving & Storage Associations’ Safety Management Committee. The American Moving & Storage Association is the trade association for nearly 3,200 professional moving companies across the country. The Safety Management Committee addresses accident and injury prevention, industry training and safety promotion throughout the moving industry.

“When we are able to see first-hand what all of the various inspections entail, it makes it much more effective when we teach safety regulations and procedures to our drivers,” said Flanagan, who is responsible for the vehicle management for the nearly 1,200 vehicles in teh Stevens fleet and for safety training.