Get ready! The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced earlier this year that the International Roadcheck 2023 is scheduled for May 16th-18th. With every year having its own special focus — this year they are inspecting ABS and Cargo Securement. Here’s what you need to know and how to prepare for a roadcheck.
What is International Roadcheck?
International Roadcheck is a commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative.
During this three-day period, law enforcement officers in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. will conduct North American Standard Level I Inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers. Inspections will likely take place at weigh and inspection stations, on roving patrols, and at temporary inspection sites. The purpose of these roadchecks is to remind carriers and drivers of proper vehicle maintenance and driver safety.
The majority of the roadchecks use the North American Standard Level I Inspection. This inspection does a thorough sweep of the entire vehicle (and the driver) in a 37-step process. During this inspection, not only will the truck be inspected but also the driver’s documents (Medical Examination Certificate, Skills Performance Evaluation, CDL, Periodic Inspections Certificates, and Supporting Documents) will be checked as well.
Vehicles that pass the inspection will be given a CVSA decal. In most cases, a truck with a valid decal will not be re-inspected within the three months following the inspection. Drivers will tell you that the best way to prepare for these inspections is to have the proper documentation, know how to use your ELD, and do your pre and post trip inspections.
ABS and Cargo Securement
ABS is an electronic system installed in modern vehicles, which helps reduce the risk of a skid when quick stopping or cornering on slippery roads. The system works to quickly detect when a vehicle’s wheels are about to lock up and will automatically reduce brake pressure. This helps the driver maintain control of their vehicle in challenging conditions.
Cargo securement regulations help keep drivers, other motorists, and their cargo safe on the roads. To stay compliant, it is important to know the regulations for how cargo must be secured to prevent shifting or falling off of the vehicle. For example, all tie-downs used to secure cargo must meet certain requirements such as breaking strength and width, and should be placed at specific locations such as 2 points for heavier items or 4 points for lighter ones. Properly trained personnel should be utilized to ensure that the cargo is secured properly according to regulations.
The International Roadcheck is looming over the horizon, and it’s important that you know what to expect. Truck drivers should take this opportunity to get their trucks properly maintained so they can pass inspection with flying colors. If you have questions or concerns regarding inspections, please don’t hesitate to ask dispatch or the truck shop. We want to ensure that all truck drivers are prepared for the upcoming roadcheck on May 16th-18th. All in all, this will help keep our roads safe!
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