According to CVSA’s (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) International Road check is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world. On average, there is nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected every minute in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico during these 72-hours.
Each year, these road checks emphasize on a specific category of violations.
Last year’s 2016 International Roadside Check was focused on tire safety and conducted 62,796 inspections, of which 42,236 were Level I inspections. Of Level I inspections, 21.5 percent of vehicles and 3.4 percent of drivers were placed out of service due to critical item violations.
This year the International Road check will be focusing on cargo securement. Inspectors, as always, will also be checking for seat belt usage, Driver’s License, Hours-of-Service documentation, Motor Carrier Registration, and Shipping Documentation.
Items that should be inspected on a regular basis to eliminate vehicle maintenance violations are brake, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices (required lamps), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, wheels, rims, hubs and windshield wipers.
Even over all appearance is very important; this will get the officers attention and could trigger an inspection.
Make sure to do your daily inspections and turn them in regularly so that the shop can address and repair any and all issues no mater how big or small they may seem to be.
Let’s be careful out there and make sure we are ALL doing everything possible to pass this and all other road side inspections.