Each year the CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) does a large targeted inspection of trucks and buses, called Roadcheck. During Roadcheck, nearly 10,000 CVSA certified inspectors will be out on the road in 1,500 locations throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada randomly checking commercial vehicles.
This year, Roadcheck will be from June 3 to June 5. During this 72 hour period it is estimated that 14-17 trucks or buses will be inspected every minute. Each year the CVSA focuses on a few specific areas of compliance. In the past they focused on load securement, brakes and hours of service. This year their focus will be on hazmat compliance. They will also be checking load securement, seatbelts, brakes, coupling devices, lights, duty records, and more.
Roadcheck is an effort to keep our nation’s highways and interstates safe, but in this effort they will be issuing more violations than normal. Here are some tips on how to stay compliant and avoid a costly violation.
1. Make sure your log book is up to date and has all the necessary information and entries
2. Do an extra thorough post-trip inspection (including a brake pump down) prior to getting on the road the first day. Be sure to include: tires, wiring, hoses, airbags, brakes, lights, etc.
3. Clean off the dash. Remove anything that could cause a distraction or obstruct your view
4. Keep your truck and trailer clean. Make sure it has been recently washed
5. Keep a clean and professional personal appearance. Remember you are not only representing yourself, but also the company you work for
During the 2013 Roadcheck, an all-time low number of tickets were issued. Let’s keep this number low in 2014.
If you follow these steps and remember your safety and inspection training, Roadcheck will not be an issue for you!