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Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week
Last Updated: Tue, June 4, 2019
During the annual compliance event called International Roadcheck 2019 being conducted Tuesday through Thursday this week commercial vehicle drivers throughout North America will find themselves undergoing Level I inspections – at the rate of nearly four trucks every minute during the 72-hour period.
Last year's Roadcheck saw nearly one in six trucks that were caught up in the inspection event placed out of service.
The "International" in the event name comes from the fact that Canada and Mexico will join the United States in this annual inspection event. Since it began in 1988 more than 1.6 million roadside inspections have been conducted. Last year's event resulted in 67,502 commercial vehicle inspections.
This annual event is conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance; which features a special emphasis each year on a category of violation. The special focus for this year's event is steering and suspension systems.
“Steering and suspension are safety critical systems for any commercial motor vehicle,” CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson with the Arkansas Highway Police, said in a CVSA news release.
“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. Furthermore, they 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,” he added.
Most drivers pulled over during Roadcheck 2019 will be subjected to the North American Standard Level I Inspection; which is a 37-step procedure that includes both driver compliance and the truck's mechanical fitness.
The CVSA-certified inspectors have the option of conducting only the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, the Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection, or the Level V Vehicle-only Inspection.
The Level I inspection will include:
- On trucks: Brake systems; cargo securement; coupling devices; driveline/driveshaft; driver’s seat (missing); exhaust systems; frames; fuel systems; lighting devices (headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, turn signals and lamps/flags on projecting loads); steering mechanisms; suspensions; tires; van and open-top trailer bodies; wheels, rims and hubs; windshield wipers.
- On buses, motorcoaches, passenger vans or other passenger-carrying vehicles: Emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in engine and battery compartments, and seating (temporary and aisle seats).
- Driver compliance: Will be required to provide their driver’s license (operating credentials), Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate (if applicable), driver’s record of duty status and vehicle inspection report(s) (if applicable).
- Driver safety: Will also check drivers for seat belt usage, sickness, fatigue and apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.
Drivers who pass the Level 1 or Level V inspection will receive a CVSA decal to be affixed to their vehicle indicating the vehicle has passed a decal-eligible inspection by a CVSA-certified inspector.
If the inspection identifies critical violations of either the vehicle or the driver under the North American Standard Out-of-service Criteria the vehicle or driver may be rendered out of service until the violations are corrected.
This annual inspection event is the real deal, and out-of-service orders will affect the carrier's Compliance, Safety and Accountability score and its Safety Fitness Determination rating.
CSA is the safety compliance and enforcement program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration designed to improve safety and prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities by holding motor carriers and drivers accountable for their role in safety.
CVSA president Chief Thompson noted that, “It’s important to remember that nspections 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.”
Canadian and Mexican agencies participating in International Roadcheck 2019 are the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Ministry of Communications and Transportation) of Mexico.
CVSA provides a North American Standard Roadside Inspection Vehicle Cheat Sheet to help drivers avoid being put out of service during this week's 72-hour event.
CVSA cheat sheet