Be prepared! The 29th annual CVSA International Roadcheck, 72-hour inspection blitz will take place June 7-9. The inspections are performed in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors across North America.
Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program of commercial vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico over the three-day period.
Most examinations are American Standard Level 1 inspections, the most thorough roadside inspection consisting of a 37-step procedure that includes both the driver and the vehicle. Inspection checks will include the braking system, cargo securement, the exhaust system, fuel system, lights, steering function, suspension, windshield wipers and emergency exits on buses.
Drivers will need to provide all relevant documentation such as a driver’s license, medical card, hours-of-service information and endorsements, and drivers may also be checked for seat belt usage and any signs of alcohol and/or drug use.
This year, the inspection emphasis category for possible violations is tire safety. Inspectors will measure tire tread depth and tire pressure, check the general condition of the tire and look for items that may be lodged between dual tires. A FleetOwner online article offers drivers five tips on how to be prepared for the inspection process and advice on interacting with the inspectors.
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