The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold this year’s International Roadcheck on May 4-6.
Over the 72-hour period, commercial inspectors throughout Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers.
“CVSA shares the dates of International Roadcheck in advance to remind motor carriers and drivers of the importance of proactive vehicle maintenance and driver readiness,” explains CVSA President Sgt. John Samis, with the Delaware State Police.
Inspectors will look for critical vehicle inspection item violations, outlined in the North American standard out-of-service criteria. When violations are found, the vehicle is placed out of service and can’t be operated until the conditions are corrected.
To ensure equipment is in compliance, CVSA will target brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline and driveshaft components, driver’s seat, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims, hubs and windshield wipers.
Also, during the process, inspectors will check the driver’s operating credentials, hours-of-service documentation, seat belt usage, and for signs of alcohol and drug impairment. A driver will be placed out of service if an inspector discovers any driver-related out-of-service conditions.
Each year, the Roadcheck focuses on certain types of violations. During this year’s event, inspectors will capture data regarding driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.
For the driver category, hours of service will be highlighted this year, and for the vehicle category, inspectors will be paying special attention to lighting, CVSA says.