CVSA’s International Roadcheck: May 4-6, 2021

CVSA’s annual three-day International Roadcheck is scheduled for May 4-6, 2021

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place Tuesday, May 4th through Thursday, May 6th, 2021. During these 72-hours, commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers.

This year’s inspection will focus on two main categories within the North American Standard Level 1 Inspection: driver’s hours of service and vehicle lighting. These focus points are due to last year’s violations. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “the lighting violation was the number one vehicle violation in fiscal 2020, accounting for approximately 12.24% of all vehicle violations discovered that year. And during last year’s International Roadcheck, the top driver out-of-service violation category in North America was hours of service, accounting for 34.7% of all driver out-of-service conditions.”

According to CVSA, Inspectors will also be checking to ensure “vehicle’s brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, driver’s seat, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims, hubs and windshield wipers are compliant with regulations. Inspections of motorcoaches, passenger vans and other passenger-carrying vehicles also include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.” 

CVSA officials will be inspecting for any violations outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, failure to pass inspection will result in the vehicle being placed out of service, which means the vehicle will not be able to operate until the identified violation is corrected. Vehicles that successfully pass a Level L or Level V inspection, will receive a CVSA decal

In addition to the vehicle inspection, inspectors will be checking to ensure driver’s operating credentials are in order, such as hours-of-service documentation, seat belt usage, and any impairment from alcohol and/or drugs. If a driver’s credentials aren’t in order, they will be placed out of service as well. 

During inspections, officials will conduct inspections following their departments’ COVID-19 health and safety protocols. 

To help continue the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, CVSA officials will prioritize getting vaccines to their shipment destination, and will not stop these vehicles for inspection, unless there is a serious violation that is an imminent hazard.

Odyssey Logistics & Technology is committed to developing a safe work environment and logistics network for its employees and customers and will continue to bring you the latest updates and results of these safety checks.

For more information regarding this International Roadcheck, visit: CVSA.