The 29th annual International Roadcheck, which takes place June 7-9, is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world and is sponsored by The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).
An average of 17 trucks or buses in North America will be checked every minute in the 72-hour period. During the annual three-day event, CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.
Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The special emphasis for 2016 is tire safety (i.e., measuring the tire tread depth, checking the tire pressure, checking to make sure that no items are lodged between dual tires and examining the overall condition of the tire to make sure that no deep cuts or bulges exist in the sidewalls of the tire). While checking a vehicle’s tires is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting tire safety as a reminder to drivers and carriers.
During International Roadcheck, inspectors primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both the driver and vehicle. Drivers are required to provide items such as their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation, and may be checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs.
The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the braking system, securement of cargo, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, steering mechanism, driveline/driveshaft, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and emergency exits on buses.
Protect your CSA scores
The CVSA Tip Sheet can help you and your drivers get through the 2016 Roadcheck. The checklist reminds drivers of safety essentials and also offers guidance on vehicle parts and systems that may be included in the inspections. Download the tip sheet now.