Did you survive ROADCHECK 2011?

Main building SCT Weigh Station
Main building of SCT Weigh station with offices for SCT, Federal Police, onsite drug, alcohol and medical testing and even a couple of jail cells
Roadcheck 2011 is one for the books for the most part. So, did everyone survive?

From Canada to Mexico, there was supposed to be scores of Federal, State and local truck inspectors working round the clock in the annual CVSA 72 hour blitz known as “Roadcheck”, or to some of us, “Vacation Time”.

I fall into the former category for the 25th year in a row. I learned my lesson early on. Stay the hell off the roads during this revenue enhancement effort. It helps that my birthday always falls in the middle of the “blitz”.

Time to go back to work, sunburned from a week under the palms, by the pool, kicked back and relaxing in Monterrey. Got to get back to work to get some rest, as most of us do.

Mexico, it’s Federal Police, SCT, State and local transit police participated this year once again. They’ve been full partners in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Administration (CVSA) program since 1991. The level of participation? It’s hard to determine at this time. They were out doing roadside checks. The SCT “Sooper Coop” south of Nuevo Laredo on MX-85 was open on Wednesday June 8. It looked to be a combination inspection blitz and driver appreciation effort, as they had the grills fired up and a good number of rigs off to the side and under the inspection sheds. Coming back yesterday evening, everything locked up tight, similar to reports coming in from across America.

It’ll be interesting to see the numbers once they’re released, considering Mexico’s law enforcement apparatus is currently involved in trying to settle down the warring cartel factions and the wannabes. Although the “Big Boys” are doing a fine job of cleaning up their own houses.

Take note the violence is between cartels or gangs and has nothing to do with the Mexican trucking industry despite what others might claim.

The following photos were taken in and around and enroute to Monterrey from Nuevo Laredo this week.

Again, photos of a Mexican “Super Coop”, automated, weigh in motion technology, that doesn’t exist according to some critics of Mexican trucks, who have LOST ALL CREDIBILITY on the issue. Because how could a facility exist if regulations don’t exist to enforce the non existent regulations. Something to think about here.

It was also interesting to note that the Texas DPS was out in force at the border crossings in Laredo, checking intercity buses crossing the border. It appeared that all passed their Level I inspections.

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