It’s almost that time again, time for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck June 6-8.
Over a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers.
Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. “While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety,” stated CVSA on its website.
This year, inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection.
This is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Drivers are required to provide items such as their driver’s license, Hours of Service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation. Also, inspectors will be checking drivers for seat belt usage and the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices (required lamps), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers, and on buses, emergency exits.
International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during the 72-hour event.
Since its inception, more than 1.5 million roadside inspections have been conducted during International Roadcheck campaigns.
International Roadcheck is a CVSA program with participation by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).