The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) holds an annual International Roadcheck each year and this year’s is scheduled for May 16-18th 2023. The CVSA Roadcheck is a “high-visibility, high-volume 72-hour inspection and enforcement event where CVSA-certified inspectors in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers at weigh/inspection stations, designated inspection areas, and along roadways.”- CVSA
Inspectors will focus on anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and cargo securement to highlight the importance of those aspects of vehicle safety.
“Although ABS violations are not out-of-service violations, ABS play a critical role in reducing the risk of collisions by preventing the wheels from locking up or skidding, allowing a driver to maintain control of the vehicle while braking. In addition, improper cargo securement poses a serious risk to drivers and other motorists by adversely affecting the vehicle’s maneuverability, or worse, causing unsecured loads to fall, resulting in traffic hazards and vehicle collisions.”
Additionally, CVSA says that “Vehicles that successfully pass a Level I or Level V Inspection without any critical vehicle inspection item violations may receive a CVSA decal, which is valid for three months. If the inspector does identify critical vehicle inspection item violations, as outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, the vehicle will be restricted from operating until the identified out-of-service conditions have been corrected.” -CVSA
The CVSA goes on to mention that “Inspectors may also restrict the driver from operating if the driver is found to have driver out-of-service violations, such as not possessing a valid or necessary operating license or exhibiting signs of impairment.”
Now is a great time to take time to inspect and maintenance your tractor and trailer. Operators can even take advantage of free special inspection programs like those hosted by the TA Trave Centers. Operators can visit their TA Travel Center over the next 30 days until May 15th to receive a free mid-trip inspection and get peace of mind.
The free inspections at TA Travel Centers are intended to help operators prepare for these inspection and help stay safe and on the road.
For more information on the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) annual International Roadcheck visit their website: https://www.cvsa.org/news/2023-international-roadcheck/