Are You Ready for CVSA International Roadcheck 2017

Yeah, it is time for the 30th annual International Road Check Inspection 2017 and kicks start from June 6-8 across the U.S. and Canada. Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) certified commercial vehicle inspectors conduct inspections of commercial vehicles and their drivers over a 72-hour period. Every year a particular category of violations is given additional focus, and this year the attention is on cargo securement. When checking for compliance, safe cargo securement regulations will be a part of roadside inspections. And that is the main reason why CVSA is focusing mainly on Cargo Securement Safety this year as a reminder of its significance to highway safety.

What you need to know about Roadcheck 2017

Roadcheck is one of the largest targeted enforcement programs in the world. On average 17 vehicle inspections are made in a minute. The main objective of this program is to encourage the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Initially, the inspectors will be conducting the North American Standard Level I inspection which is considered as a thorough Roadside Inspection.

This inspection consists of 37 step procedure that includes examination for both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. At the time of inspection, the drivers are required to provide the items such as their

  1. Driver license,
  2. Hours of service documentation,
  3. Motor carrier registration
  4. Shipping documentation

The inspectors will also check for the proper use of seat belts and the influence of alcohol/ drugs. The inspection of the vehicle also includes the following: 

  1. Cargo securement
  2. Brake systems
  3. Frames
  4. Exhaust Systems
  5. Steering Mechanisms
  6. Coupling Devices
  7. Driveline/ driveshaft
  8. Fuel systems
  9. Suspensions
  10. Lighting devices
  11. Tires
  12. Wheels
  13. Rims and hubs
  14. Windshield wipers
  15. Emergency Exits
  16. Van and Open top trailer bodies. 

More than 1.5 million roadside inspections are conducted during the International Roadcheck Campaigns.

Location and Date:

The United States, Mexico, and Canada are the countries that participate in the International Roadcheck, a CVA program with the participation of the U.S Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico), Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and Transport Canada. The International Roadcheck inspection runs over 72 hour period (3 days) and this year the program starts from June 6 to 8 2017.

Important Notes:

As said earlier, CVSA has a special focus on a specific category of violation every year. And this year the program focuses on cargo securement. As this area is a standard inspection but this year the inspectors will have a more detailed look. Inspectors check for issues related to cargo securement violations: 

  • ·    Failure to prevent shifting or loss of load.
  • ·    Damage tie-downs (unacceptable connect on chain or cuts/tears on web straps)
  • ·     Failure to secure truck equipment (doors, spare tires, dunnage, tags, etc)
  • ·     Inefficient tie-downs
  • ·     Loose tie-downs.

This year as a part of the 30th annual International Roadcheck celebration, CVSA is offering a limited edition of a double-sided anniversary coin. Purchase an anniversary coin for $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Remember the supplies are limited.