The 2022 International Roadcheck, a North American inspection blitz hosted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), is set for May 17-19. The 72-hour high-velocity inspection cycle is held each year in an effort to keep roads and drivers safe.
CVSA Inspections: The Basics
Inspections can be held at weigh stations, border checkpoints, bus terminals, carrier terminals or during any roadside traffic stop. During the inspections, CVSA is watching for four main violation categories:
- Driver violations
- Out-of-service drivers
- Vehicle defects
- Out-of-service vehicles
There are eight levels of inspection, but during the International Roadcheck, inspectors focus on Levels One and Two.
Level One: North American Standard Inspection
The Level One inspection is a 37-step overview of both the driver and the vehicle, including paperwork (licensure, inspection reports, hours of service, etc.), alcohol and drug use, brake systems, lighting, steering and more.
Level Two: Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection
The Level Two inspection is a 31-step review including most of the Level One items but does not require the inspector to get underneath the vehicle.
2022 Inspection Focus: Wheel Ends
The CVSA announced this year’s blitz will focus on wheel ends, which have historically accounted for roughly 25% of vehicle out-of-service violations and landed in the top ten violations regularly. Wheel ends (wheels, rims, hubs and tires) are responsible for supporting the heavy loads hauled by commercial motor vehicles and help the vehicle keep stability and control, especially while braking.
How to Prepare for the 2022 CVSA Inspections
If you’re worried about yourself or your fleet during the upcoming inspection blitz, there are a few things you can do to prepare.
Checklist provided from CVSA’s 2022 Inspection Announcement flyer.
1. Perform pre-trip inspections before every trip, especially on parts like
- Tractor protection system
- Brake system warning devices
- Air loss rate
- Steering wheel lash
- Fifth wheel movement
2. Make sure you have all the required tools on board and that they’re in working order. Missing or broken fire extinguishers account for a large number of violations each year, so every item counts!
3. Audit your paperwork before each trip to ensure you have all required documentation and that it is legible. Documents can include:
- Permits (if applicable)
- Periodic inspection report
- Daily vehicle inspection report (if applicable)
- Record of duty status
Not everyone will receive an inspection, but if you successfully pass a Level One, you’ll receive a CVSA decal sticker to display, which exempts the vehicle from another Level One inspection for three months.
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