Are you Roadcheck 2019 ready?

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck is happening June 4-6. Over the next few days, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers, paying extra attention to a category of violations. 

This blitz isn’t a game of just a game of “gotcha” for law enforcement, it’s about keeping roadways and drivers safe.

“It’s important to remember that inspections are conducted 365 days a year. We publicly announce the dates of this three-day enforcement and awareness initiative in advance because we want all vehicles on our roadways to be safe and compliant,” CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson said.

This year’s focus

Besides ensuring your truck is ready for a typical inspection on any other day of the year, during this time double check to ensure your steering components and suspension systems are operating correctly.

Steering and suspension are safety critical systems for any commercial motor vehicle. Not only do they support the heavy loads carried by trucks and buses, but they also help maintain stability and control under acceleration and braking, keeping the vehicle safely on the road.
— CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson

These important systems also keep tires in alignment, reducing chances of uneven tire wear and possible tire failure, and they maximize the contact between the tires and the road to provide steering stability and good handling.

What to expect during your International Roadcheck inspection

During International Roadcheck, CVSA-certified inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Inspectors may opt to conduct the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection.

“International Roadcheck is a high-visibility, three-day commercial motor vehicle and driver inspection and enforcement event,” said Chief Thompson. “However, aside from the increased inspections, we are not doing anything differently than any other day.”

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Also, don’t get placed out of service for these 4 recently-changed violations. Read here to find out more about recently-changed Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) out of service criteria.

International Roadcheck: putting safety first

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with around 17 trucks and buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period, according to the CVSA website. Since its inception in 1988, more than 1.6 million roadside inspections have been conducted during International Roadcheck campaigns.