Starting today, June 6, 2017, commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout North America will conduct high-volume, high-visibility inspections of large trucks and buses through June 8 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck three-day inspection and enforcement event. Commercial motor vehicles and their drivers will be checked at inspection sites, weigh stations and roving patrol locations along major highways in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.
During International Roadcheck, inspectors primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is a 37-step procedure that includes examinations of both the driver and vehicle. The vehicle inspection includes checking braking systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, driveline/driveshaft components, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Additional items for buses include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating. Drivers are asked to provide their operating credentials and hours-of-service documentation, and will be checked for seat belt usage. Inspectors will also be attentive to apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.
“This year, International Roadcheck celebrates 30 years,” said CVSA President Julius Debuschewitz, Yukon Highways and Public Works. “Since its inception, more than 1.5 million inspections have been conducted during International Roadcheck. We, at the Alliance, are extremely proud of the hard work of all of the inspectors who made those numbers possible. For 30 years, inspectors have been removing unsafe drivers, vehicles and motor carriers from our roadways, and acknowledging safe vehicles with the application of a CVSA decal to vehicles that pass a roadside safety inspection.”
International Roadcheck is sponsored by CVSA, North America’s leading commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement organization, with participation by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.