How to Ace your Roadcheck Inspection: What to Expect and Common Roadcheck Violations to Avoid
International Roadcheck 2018 is set for June 5-7.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) says it will focus on hours of service this year. Attention has been on hours of service since the FMCSA implemented the ELD mandate this past December. The CVSA thought because of this, it would be the perfect year to put focus on the hours of service rule.
What is International Roadcheck?
International Roadcheck is a three-day event that occurs annually. During this time, CVSA-certified inspectors will perform spot inspections for motor carrier, vehicle, and driver safety. This event is a large-scale opportunity to educate individuals, both in the industry and out, about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations. To give you an idea of how huge this event is, on average 15 trucks or buses are inspected every minute, during this three-day period.
What Happens During Roadcheck?
Primarily, the CVSA-certified inspectors will perform North American Standard Level I Inspections. This is a 37-step inspection that looks at both the vehicle and the driver.
The vehicle inspection includes checking brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Additional items for buses include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.
Drivers are asked to provide their operating credentials and hours-of-service documentation, and will be checked for seat belt usage. Inspectors will also be attentive to apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.
Need Some Tips?
The CVSA provides drivers and fleets a downloadable sheet for Roadcheck, so that nothing will come as a surprise. Click here to find them.
How to ace your Roadcheck inspection
Make sure your vehicle(s) look clean and presentable and are in excellent condition.
Make sure your driver looks clean and presentable.
Make sure your paperwork is in order, neat and tidy.
Be sure your truck binder is neat, orderly and up to date.
Take a moment and review it to be sure permits are up to date.
Make sure your driver does a vehicle inspection and everything is noted.
Stats from 2017 Roadcheck
62,013 Level I, II, and III inspections conducted,
40,944 of which were Level I inspections
4% commercial motor vehicles were placed out of service.
Top 3 Vehicle Roadcheck Violations:
9% brake systems
7% cargo securement
7% of drivers were placed out of service
Top 4 Driver Roadcheck Violations:
3% Hours of Service violations
9% wrong class license
3% false log book
710 safety belt violations.
7,713 inspections were done in Canada
54,300 inspections were done in the United States
Let’s make 2018 the safest year yet, and ace this year’s Roadcheck!
If you need help, contact us, and we can help make sure you pass with flying colors!