Roadside inspections are a necessary inconvenience for truckers within the industry. They give the Department of Transportation a means to ensure drivers are compliant with laws and their trucks are operating safely. And while roadside inspections happen every day throughout the U.S., Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) largescale, three-day International Roadcheck provides a platform to bolster awareness of the importance of commercial vehicle safety.
The annual inspection blitz is the world’s largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles. Among the thousands of vehicles inspected every year through Roadcheck, a significant percentage of trucks and their drivers are put out of service. Last year, for example, Roadcheck sidelined nearly 12,000 trucks and buses.
This year’s Roadcheck takes place June 4-6, and according to a CVSA media release, a North American Standard Level I Inspection will be most often utilized. The 37-step procedure includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle fitness. Outside of the increased frequency of inspections during the 72-hour Roadcheck, the examinations are very similar to the roadside inspections performed before and after the event.
Every year, the CVSA also puts emphasis on a category of violation during Roadcheck. 2019’s focus will be on steering and suspension systems.
“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,” said CVSA president Jay Thompson. “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.”
Why Should You Care About Roadcheck 2019?
Last year’s stats may surprise you:
- A total of 67,703 Roadcheck inspections were carried out.
- More than one in five trucks receiving a comprehensive Level I inspection during Roadcheck were taken out of service.
- Hours of Service violations accounted for 43.7% of all driver out-of-service conditions.
How Can Truckers Avoid Violations?
The best way to prepare for Roadcheck 2019 is to know what to expect.
With the majority of inspections being Level I inspections, inspectors will likely check a truck’s:
|· Brake system||· Lighting devices|
|· Cargo securement||· Steering mechanisms|
|· Coupling devices||· Suspensions|
|· Driveline/driveshaft||· Tires|
|· Driver’s seat||· Wheels|
|· Exhaust system||· Rims and hubs|
|· Frames||· Windshield wipers|
|· Fuel systems|
And with this year’s focus being on steering and suspension systems, it’s important you pay extra attention to those areas leading up to Roadcheck.
Don’t leave home without the proper paperwork and identification, either. Be sure to have the following documents on hand:
- Driver’s License (operating credentials)
- Medical Examiner’s Certificate
- Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate (if applicable)
- Driver’s Record of Duty Status
- Vehicle Inspection Report(s) (if applicable)
Inspectors will also check drivers for seat belt usage and the influence of alcohol or drugs.
What Happens After a Roadcheck Inspection?
If no critical violations were found during Roadcheck, a driver will receive a CVSA decal to display on his or her vehicle to certify it passed inspection.
Vehicles or drivers failing inspection will be issued an out-of-service order and won’t be able to operate until the violations are addressed.
Xtreme Trucking is Here to Help
If you’re looking for additional tips on how to prepare for Roadcheck 2019 or need help getting your truck back in service after a failed inspection, contact Xtreme Trucking at 920-367-2068