The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that its 28th annual International Roadcheck will take place from June 2 to 4.
The International Roadcheck is a 72-hour period during which CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors perform truck and bus inspections across North America.
Inspectors will be primarily conducting the North American Standard Level 1 Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It consists of a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both the driver and vehicle.
Drivers will have to provide items such as their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation. They will also be checked for seatbelt usage and alcohol and drug use.
Vehicles will undergo an inspection checking the braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, drive line, suspension, tires, trailer bodies, wheels, rims, windshield wipers and emergency exits on buses.
CVSA is emphasizing cargo securement at this year’s Roadcheck as a safety remiinder to drivers and carriers that proper loading and securing of cargo on vehicles is a matter of public safety. For many types of loads, regulations require the driver to stop in the first several miles of a trip and recheck the tie downs and other load securing equipment, according to the CVSA.
Last year’s Roadcheck saw a total of 73,475 inspections conducted. That resulted in 11,420 out-of-service vehicle violations, or about 23% of all inspections.
With about 10,000 inspectors, the International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program of commercial motor vehicles in the world, according to CVSA. On average, nearly 17 trucks or buses are checked every minute in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico during the inspection period.
Since the program began in 1988, Roadcheck roadside inspections have numbered over 1.4 million-- which CVSA estimates has saved 318 lives and prevented 5,840 injuries.
The inspections are seen as an opportunity to educate the industry and the general public on the importance of safe commercial-vehicle operations.