From May 4-6, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will conduct its annual International Roadcheck Inspection Blitz.
Every year, the 72-hour inspection blitz takes a closer look at a designated category to check for violations. This year, CVSA will focus on lighting and HOS compliance, which are critical safety systems for any type of commercial motor vehicle.
“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,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “International Roadcheck also aims to raise awareness of the North American Standard Inspection Program and the essential highway safety rules and regulations in place to keep our roadways safe.”
The International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world. On average, in the three days of inspection blitz, 17 trucks and buses are inspected in Canada, the United States and Mexico every minute.
The 2021 International Roadcheck
The annual 72-hour International Roadcheck inspection blitz will be held May 4-6 with an added focus on lighting and hours of service, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced Tuesday.
Inspectors will primarily conduct full North American Standard Level I inspections, which cover the entirety of the truck and the driver’s records.
CVSA inspectors will ensure the vehicle’s brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/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 are compliant with regulations.
Inspectors will check the driver’s operating credentials, hours-of-service documentation, seat belt usage, and for fatigue, alcohol and/or drug impairment. A driver will be placed out of service if an inspector discovers driver-related out-of-service conditions. Until the violations are fixed, the vehicle cannot be operated.
The two areas CVSA is asking inspectors to focus on this year – lighting for vehicles and hours of service for drivers – are among the top violations each year. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the “lamps inoperable” lighting violation was the number one vehicle violation in fiscal 2020, accounting for approximately 12.24% of all vehicle violations discovered that year. And during last year’s Roadcheck inspection spree, the top driver out-of-service condition was hours of service, accounting for nearly 35% of all driver OOS violations.