The 30th annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck is set to take place this year on June 6th-8th. The 3-day event highlights the importance of diligent safety practices and informing both drivers and the public about commercial vehicle safety standards. With over 1.5 million roadside inspections conducted since it began in 1988, the International Roadcheck event is the most prominent enforcement and inspection program for commercial motor vehicles in the world. Each year, the CVSA emphasizes their inspections heavily in one area of safety. This year, they’re highlighting cargo securement violations.
During this event, inspectors throughout North America will be performing inspections of both commercial motor vehicles and their drivers. Within an average minute during this 72-hour period, 17 trucks or buses are inspected across Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Inspectors will be following a 37-step, highly thorough North American Standard Level I procedure ranging from the vehicle’s operating requirements, mechanical functions of the vehicle, and the driver themselves.
Drivers will be asked to provide the following:
- Driver’s license
- Hours of service documentation
- Motor carrier registration
- Shipping documentation
Inspectors will also be looking for signs of proper seatbelt usage and any influence from drugs and/or alcohol from the drivers as well.
As far as commercial vehicle inspections are concerned, inspectors will be especially checking for the following:
- Brake systems
- Cargo securement
- Coupling devices
- Exhaust systems
- Fuel systems
- Lighting devices
- Steering mechanisms
- Van and open-top trailer bodies
- Wheels, rims, and hubs
As always, prioritizing safety on the job should be top-of-mind for any driver regardless of inspection dates. However, drivers should use this event as a reminder and reflection tool as to whether they’re performing their job in the safest way possible. Not only is this event highly beneficial in educating drivers, companies, and the industry as whole, but also, in keeping the public safe and informed too. For more information on CVSA’s International Roadcheck event, please visit http://cvsa.org/news-entry/cvsas-2017-international-roadcheck-enforcement-event-take-place-june-6-8-special-emphasis-cargo-securement/. Also, to ensure proper cargo securement practices are taking place, visit http://cvsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-CargoSecurement-Flyer.pdf.