From June 6-8 the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will be conducting its 30th annual International Roadcheck. With a special emphasis this year on cargo securement, the 72-hour-long event will find CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors conducting inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers in jurisdictions throughout North America.
“While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections,” the organization states, “CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.”
During 2016’s inspection spree, inspectors placed 21.5 percent of trucks inspected out of service, along with 3.4 percent of drivers, or 9,080 trucks and 1,436 drivers. According to CCJ Digital’s Matt Cole, a total of 62,796 inspections were performed during the event and 42,236 of them were Level I inspections, the most comprehensive. Brakes and hours were the top out-of-service violations in 2016.
This year, the CVSA says inspectors will primarily be conducting 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 driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Here are a few points that all drivers/operators should keep in mind:
- Drivers are required to provide items such as their driver’s license, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration, and shipping documentation.
- Inspectors will be checking drivers for seat belt usage and the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- The vehicle inspection includes checking items like:
- Brake systems
- Cargo securement
- Coupling devices
- Exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, and lighting devices (required lamps)
- Steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies
- Wheels, rims and hubs
- Windshield wipers
- Emergency exits (on buses)
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 U.S. and Mexico during a 72-hour period. Since its inception, the CVSA says more than 1.5 million roadside inspections have been conducted during International Roadcheck campaigns.
Odyssey is here, ready to help
Don’t get caught by surprise by the 30th annual International Roadcheck. The increased number of inspections usually causes a few days of service disruptions. Odyssey is ready to help your organization manage this 3-day period and make the best decisions for a smooth OTR transportation process. For more information please reach out to your Odyssey representative.