The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has released the dates for their 29th annual International Roadcheck program. The inspection blitz will be taking place from June 7 to 9, 2016. 10,000 CVSA certified inspectors (local, state, provincial, and federal) will be performing thousands of inspections across the United States, Canada, and Mexico during this time.
What is Roadcheck?
Roadcheck is the largest targeted inspection program for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs)
in the world. It operates in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Transport Canada, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transport (Mexico).
According to the CVSA, approximately 17 vehicles (trucks and buses) will be inspected every minute during the 72-hour period! In an effort to make the roads safer for all drivers, this program focuses on educating CMV drivers on the importance of compliance, enforcement, cargo safety, and security.
Over 69,000 inspections were conducted last year. 44,989 of these inspections were North American Standard (NAS) Level I - the most thorough roadside inspection. 1,623 (3.6% of drivers) and 9,732 (21.6% of vehicles) were given out-of-service violations. On average, an out-of-service violation will cost you $861. This does not include the cost of any fine that was issued or the cost to make the required repairs to the vehicle.
What Are Inspectors Looking For During the Program?
Every year the Roadcheck program places special emphasis on a specific violation category. The violation category for this year will be released in April 2016. Last year, a special emphasis was placed on properly securing your load. Over 2,439 violations were issued for problems ranging from loose tie downs to failure to prevent shifting/loss of load.
Involving 37-steps, a NAS Level I Inspection is the most comprehensive vehicle and driver examination. Drivers are required to produce their license, medical card, and hours of service documentation. Inspectors also check for seatbelt use and detect if the driver is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
The inspector will also complete a full review of the CMV including checking brakes, coupling devices, fuel & exhaust systems, frame, lighting, cargo securement, steering, suspension, tires, wheels, and emergency exits on buses. The CVSA has complete details available on each inspection element posted on their website.
How BigRoad Can Help?
Technology plays a large role in ensuring safety on our roads. BigRoad solutions help drivers pass the toughest roadside inspections every day! We recently helped
WAT Supplies pass a volunteer audit with the MTO and
Bee Line Transport Inc. pass a Level III Inspection.
Read more of our customer success stories here.