Commercial vehicle inspectors across North America will conduct their annual truck and bus inspection blitz known as International Roadcheck from Tuesday, June 2, through Thursday, June 4. Inspectors will be paying particularly close attention to cargo securement this year, according to a press release from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, or CVSA.
“While checking for compliance with safe loading regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo safety as a reminder to drivers and carriers,” CVSA announced. “The proper loading and securing of cargo on vehicles is a matter of public safety. For many types of loads, particularly those that are not sealed or otherwise inaccessible to the driver, regulations require the driver to stop within the first several miles of a trip and recheck the tie downs and other load-securing equipment.”
Approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal commercial vehicle inspectors from the U.S., Canada and Mexico will combine to inspect approximately 17 trucks or buses every minute during the 72-hour event.
Most inspections will be North American Standard Level I, the most thorough of roadside inspections, examining both vehicle and driver.
Drivers will be asked for licenses, endorsements, medical cards and hours-of-service documentation, CVSA says, and will be checked for alcohol and/or drugs and seat belt usage.
Vehicles will undergo checks for braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, drive line, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and emergency exits on buses.
CVSA partners with the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico) to conduct International Roadcheck.
The annual blitz dates back to 1988.
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