A new round of International Roadcheck is coming up!
Roadcheck 2019 is just around the corner running June 4th to 6th. Every year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) chooses a different safety feature to focus on for Roadcheck. This year they have chosen to focus on steering and suspension systems.
What is the focus of Roadcheck 2019?
The CVSA has chosen steering and suspension systems as they are needed to help with stability and control of the vehicle when carrying heavy loads. A good suspension system helps to keep tires aligned, prevents uneven wear of tires, and ensures that tires stay in contact with the road for improved steering and handling.
Other items up for inspection during International Roadcheck 2019 are brakes, cargo securement, exhaust systems, fuel systems, lights, wheels, windshield wipers, and drivelines/driveshafts. Additionally, for buses and other passenger vehicles, they will have checks on their emergency exits, electrical cables in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.
Majority of inspections are North American Standard Level I Inspections.
Drivers will need to provide their driver’s license, record of duty status, vehicle inspection reports (if applicable), Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate (if applicable). Drivers will also be checked for seat belts, sickness, fatigue and alcohol/drug impairment.
Remember: This is nothing new!
These are all part of any inspection done any other day of the year. The purpose of International Roadcheck is to bring attention to safety features that should be up to code every other day of the year.
International Roadcheck inspections run in Canada, the United States and Mexico. This annual event is done with participation from the FMCSA, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes of Mexico.
Last years Roadcheck
Roadcheck 2018 saw 67,603 inspections, 60,321 were in the United States, the remaining 7, 282 were in Canada. Of that number 21.6% of CMVs were placed out of service, and 3.9% of drivers placed out of service.
The top vehicle violations were brake systems, tires and wheels, and brake adjustments. Top driver violations were hours of service, incorrect class of license, and false record of duty status.
And while this seems to be a no-brainer, make sure you buckle up! An amazing number of 729 drivers were found failing to buckle up. Remember your face looks better when it doesn’t hit the windshield in an accident!
Tips for an easy inspection this year
- 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.
Check out the CVSA cheat sheet to make sure you know exactly what to expect during Roadcheck.