On June 5–7, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck will kick off. This year's emphasis is on hours-of-service (HOS) compliance because the ELD mandate went into effect last December.
CVSA Roadcheck commercial motor vehicle inspectors will be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.
The vehicle inspection includes checking:
- Brake systems
- Cargo securement
- Coupling devices
- Driveline/driveshaft components
- Exhaust systems
- Fuel systems
- Lighting devices
- Steering mechanisms
- Van and open-top trailer bodies
- Wheels, rims and hubs,
- Windshield wipers
Drivers are asked to provide their operating credentials and hours-of-service documentation, and will be checked for seat belt usage. Inspectors will also be attentive to apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.
If no critical inspection item violations are found during a Level I Inspection, a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle, indicating that the vehicle successfully passed a decal-eligible inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified inspector.
If an inspector does identify critical inspection item violations, he or she may render the driver or vehicle out of service if the condition meets the North American Out-of-Service Criteria. This means the driver cannot operate the vehicle until the vehicle and/or driver qualification violation(s) are corrected.
International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with around 17 trucks and buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period.
Pilot Flying J is offering free mid-trip inspections through June 7 as part of the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck event.
“During the 72-hour CVSA Roadcheck event [June 5-7], all drivers should be prepared for a thorough inspection of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness,” said Jason Davis, director of operations for Pilot Flying J Truck Care Service Centers. “Leading up to the event, Pilot Flying J Truck Care is here to provide necessary preparation tips to professional drivers and to help ensure trucks meet the requirements necessary for the checks. By offering free mid-trip inspections, our hope is that we help more professional drivers pass the checks successfully.”