The 2023 International Roadcheck, a North American inspection blitz hosted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), is set for May 16 - 18. 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 inspection blitz, the 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 commonly 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.
2023 Inspection Focus: ABS and Cargo Securement
The CVSA announced this year’s blitz will focus on anti-lock brakes and cargo securement. ABS violations are not out-of-service violations, however, anti-lock brakes prevent the wheels from locking up or skidding, which allows the driver to maintain control of the vehicle while braking and reduces the risk of collisions. Additionally, improper cargo securement can seriously impact a vehicle's maneuverability and may also result in unsecured loads falling, causing traffic hazards, vehicle collisions and overall increased risk to drivers and other vehicles on the road.
How to Prepare for 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.
1. Perform pre-trip inspections before every trip, and be sure to check:
- 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 the 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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