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CVSA Roadcheck Set to Begin June 6

CVSA Roadcheck Set to Begin June 6

Of course, no truck driver wants to be flagged for a violation or worse, be put out of service by an inspection. Here’s what you need to know in order to be prepared for the CVSA Roadcheck Blitz this June.

CVSA Roadcheck Enforcement 72-Hour Blitz

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will conduct it’s International Roadcheck Blitz this year from June 6–8. The International Roadcheck includes all three North American countries (U.S.A, Mexico and Canada) and it’s estimated that 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute during the blitz.

Cargo Securement Will be the Focus

Each year there is a specific focus of the inspections and 2017 will be an emphasis on cargo securement. The most common cargo securement violations from 2016 were:

  • Failing To Secure Vehicle Equipment
  • Failing To Prevent Load Shifting/Falling
  • Leaking/Spilling/Blowing/Falling Cargo
  • Insufficient Tiedowns; Without Headerboard/Blocking
  • Damaged Securement System/Tiedowns
  • Loose/Unfastened Tiedown

There will also be a 37-step inspection with procedures conducted by an officer including:

  • Vehicle Mechanical Fitness
  • Driver Operating Requirements
  • HOS Documentation
  • Medical Card
  • CDL
  • Brake Systems
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Tires, wheels, rims
  • Steering Mechanisms (among a variety of others)

Pre-Trip Inspections

Remember to always conduct a thorough pre-trip inspection. This will help prevent you from being one of the unlucky few cited for a violation.

Results from 2016 CVSA Roadcheck

Last year the CVSA conducted 62,796 inspections over a 72-hour period placing 21.5 percent of trucks out of service due to violations and 3.4 percent of drivers. Meanwhile 45.7 percent of out-of-service trucks were flagged for brake system violations.

“International Roadcheck is an annual reminder of the diligence and dedication of law enforcement officials and commercial motor vehicle safety professionals,” said FMCSA Administrator T.F. Scott Darling, III. “While their tireless efforts every day greatly increase the level of safety on our roadways, it is critically important that everyone do their part to promote a national culture of roadway safety.”