Melbourne, Fla.—Are you ready? After being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 72-hour enforcement event will now take place Wednesday, September 9 through Friday, September 11. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says, less traffic on the roads due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be encouraging some drivers to ignore traffic safety laws, including speed limits. A number of jurisdictions, CVSA says, have seen “a severe spike in speeding” during the pandemic.


The International Roadcheck is a three-day high-volume, high-visibility inspection when certified inspectors in North America conduct commercial motor vehicle and driver inspections at weigh or inspection stations, at designated fixed locations or as part of roving mobile patrols. It was originally scheduled for May 5-7, when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) decided to postpone it due to the spread of COVID-19 throughout the United States.


Each year, there is a particular focus of the inspection. Last year, the focus was on steering and suspension systems. This year’s focus is on the driver requirements component of a roadside inspection. According to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) data, of the approximately 3.36 million inspections conducted in 2019, 952,938 driver violations were discovered, of which 199,722 were out-of-service conditions.


Drivers found to be operating without the proper driver credentials; in possession of or under the influence of drugs or alcohol; operating while ill, fatigued or showing other signs of impairment; or in violation of hours-of-service rules may be placed out of service.


For the safety of employees as well as all participants a Trucking Industry’s Guide to Infectious Substances and COVID-19 is expected to be followed, meaning:

Social distancing or physical distancing, always keeping six-foot minimum distance when conditions allow.

  1. Use universal precautions to protect yourself.

  2. Use protective equipment you’ve been issued.

  3. Do not attempt to do anything beyond your level of training.

  4. You should decontaminate yourself and your equipment daily.

  5. Use the methods identified for communication between the driver and inspector to minimize contact



Last year the CVSA conducted 3.36 million inspections and over 950K driver violations were discovered. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration close to 200K took place while out-of-service.

Regarding your vehicle-- if an inspector deems it in violations during an inspection, it will be rendered out of service, until those violations are corrected. For that reason you need to be prepared to prove all systems work properly such as:

  • Brake systems

  • Cargo securement

  • Coupling devices

  • Driveline/driveshaft components

  • Driver’s seat (missing)

  • Exhaust systems

  • Frames

  • Fuel systems

  • Lighting devices

  • Steering mechanisms

  • Suspensions

  • Tires

  • Van and open-top trailer bodies

  • Wheels, rims and hubs

  • Windshield wipers

Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capacity and stopping distance of trucks and buses, which poses a serious risk to driver and public safety.

Our truck insurance specialists in Melbourne, Florida also understand 18 wheeler operations, goals and safety concerns— and will help you find the best rates available in the market to keep your transportation business well protected, amid all the uncertainty caused by this global health emergency.


Give us a call for a FREE consultation at (321) 329-5556 and one of our local truck insurance specialists at Melbourne Truck Insurance will be more than happy to walk you through all of your options.




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Melbourne, Fla.—Port Canaveral is the world's second-busiest port, behind Port Miami— and is currently expanding its cruise, shipping, spaceport and recreation infrastructure. U.S. ports are feeling the economic pinch of the coronavirus pandemic, as lost cargo and cruiseship businesses coupled with increased expenses for health and safety protections are forcing furloughs, layoffs and postponements of port improvements. On the cargo side, cargo-dependent ports report not to have much financial flexibility to withstand an approximately 20 percent decrease in revenues. Large shipping losses have hit a record low, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review 2020.


Port leaders issued an appeal to federal policymakers that while America’s seaports have been vitally important in supporting the nation’s response to the COVID pandemic keeping fuel, food and critical supplies moving throughout the country, these same ports are crucial to ensuring the United States is able to quickly recover from the current economic crisis.


On July 23, a coalition of ports asked Congress and the White House to include $1.5 billion to help ports whether the pandemic. They are seeking the emergency funding as part of the next Covid-19 financial package that is currently being developed, highlighting that no funding had been provided in previous emergency legislation to help ports and the maritime transportation system more generally. The money would help ports cover the costs of cleaning and supplies, personal protective equipment, staffing, cyber and facility security, as well as debt service payments. Ports also seek a change in the current CARES Act that would allow governors to provide funds to ports, which is currently not authorized under the Act.


An economic downturn study recently completed by Philadelphia-based BREA (Business Research and Economic Advisors) revealed in worst-case projections, Port Canaveral will have 79 percent loss of revenue passengers resulting in over $1.7 billion loss of total expenditures across Florida; 16,000 annualized jobs loss with over $560 million in lost wages; and, $46 million loss in state and local tax revenues.


Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of cruise operations at Port Canaveral due to the Centers for Disease Control’s No-Sail Order for cruise lines has had a profound impact on the port and the local and extended tourism community, particularly the many small businesses including, local hotels, restaurants, and transportation companies. The projected negative economic implications for the entire Central Florida region and the State of Florida overall are profound. 


Let us all hope for the best, understanding that help is on the way, as Americans we have gone through dark and difficult times before, and will find a way out of this, again.


Our truck insurance specialists in Melbourne, Florida also understand 18 wheeler operations, goals and safety concerns— and will help you find the best rates available in the market to keep your transportation business well protected, amid all the uncertainty caused by this global health emergency.

Give us a call for a FREE consultation at (321) 329-5556 and one of our local truck insurance specialists at Melbourne Truck Insurance will be more than happy to walk you through all of your options.


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Melbourne, Fla.—General contractors, local contractors, and subcontractors are commonly required to carry commercial truck insurance by the various laws and businesses they work for. There is a wide range of commercial vehicle types, from pick-up trucks to excavators. The coverage your business needs depends on the type of business you are in and the perceived risk associated with it. 




Florida Commercial Vehicle Crash Statistics

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports:

  • There are approximately 400,000 vehicle accidents in Florida every year.

  • Approximately 1 out of 10 accidents in this state involves a commercial vehicle.

  • Commercial vehicle accidents are responsible for more than 10,000 cases of significant bodily injuries in Florida per year.

A Commercial Vehicle Insurance policy is designed to protect your business from costly liability lawsuits, property damage, and loss of business due to lack of transportation after an accident.


Typical coverage includes

Bodily Injury Liability - Coverage for damages that involve bodily injury to others for which you become responsible under law.

Property Damage Liability - Coverage for damage to property of others for which you become responsible under law.

Medical Payments - Coverage for reasonable and necessary medical expenses and funeral services for those who are accidentally injured while in your automobile or while getting into or out of your automobile.

Personal Injury Protection - Coverage for medical, hospital, rehabilitation, loss of wages or loss of services costs resulting from injury to you or any resident family member. In case of death to the insured or a resident family member, death benefits and survivor benefits, if applicable, will be provided.


Additional coverage you may want to consider

Comprehensive - Protection for the loss of or damage to your vehicle and its equipment from all causes except collision, subject to the deductible on the policy.

Collision - Protection for the collision damage to your automobile and its equipment, subject to the deductible on the policy.

Uninsured Motorist - Coverage allows you to recover bodily injury damages due to an accident where the other party does not have insurance, and is found legally liable.

Underinsured Motorist - Coverage allows you to recover bodily injury damages due to an accident where the other party is found legally liable and does not have adequate liability limits.

Additional Expense - Coverage for necessary additional expenses incurred as a result of a loss for which you are protected under comprehensive or collision coverage. These expenses include rental cars, food, lodging and other incidental expenses.

Hired Auto Liability Coverage - Covers liability for automobiles hired under contract on behalf of or loaned to the named insured.

Hired Auto Physical Damage - Coverage for an automobile of any type, hired, borrowed or leased on a short term basis for use in the insured's business.

Employer's Non-Ownership Liability - Coverage for a private-passenger automobile used in the business of the named insured by any person, or the occasional and infrequent use of a commercial automobile in the business by any of your employees.


Our truck insurance specialists in Melbourne, Florida also understand 18 wheeler operations, goals and safety concerns— and will help you find the best rates available in the market to keep your big rig operation well protected.

Give us a call for a consultation (321) 329-5556 and one of our local truck insurance specialists at Melbourne Truck Insurance will be more than happy to walk you through all of your options.



Oscar Pacheco - Licensed Agent

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