The 2019 International Roadcheck is here and all commercial truck drivers should be ready! On June 4th – 6th, there will be 1500 roadside commercial vehicle inspection sites across the United States and Canada with over 10,000 CVSA-certified and FMCSA-authorized inspectors.
Although many people believe these inspections are just for heavy trucks like 18-wheelers categorized under class 7 and 8, medium duty trucks in US Classes 3 through 6 are also required to stop at the roadcheck inspections. Trucks in Class 3 through 6 have a gvwr of 10,001 – 26,000 lbs. These medium duty trucks include work trucks used for plumbers, landscapers, final-mile delivery, food trucks, and countless other applications. Don’t be surprised if you are cruising down your local highway or interstate to your next job and have to stop for a mandatory inspection of your vehicle!
Over these 72 hours, Level 1 Inspections, a 37-step process, will be conducted to check commercial driver and vehicle compliance for operating and safety regulation requirements.
This year, CVSA is placing emphasis on steering components and suspension systems compliance and violations as a way to highlight how important they are to road safety.
Drivers Be Prepared!
Commercial Driver Preparation List:
- Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) – (if applicable)
- Federal Medical Examiner’s Certificate
- Skill Performance Certificate (if applicable)
- Hours of Service (HOS) Documentation
- Motor Carrier Registration
- Shipping Documentation
- Proof of Insurance Certificate
Inspectors will also check drivers for the following:
- Seat belt usage
- Impairment due to alcohol and/or drug use
Level 1 Inspections include checking the following critical vehicle components:
- Brake systems
- Cargo securement
- Exhaust systems
- Fuel systems
- Suspension systems
- Steering components
- Lighting systems
- Tire and wheel condition
- Trailer bodies
- Vehicle frame
- Drivers seat
- Additional items on passenger-carrying vehicles.
“If no critical vehicle inspection item violations are found during a Level I or Level V 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; however, when a rear impact guard is required and violations are present, a CVSA decal shall not be issued.
If an inspector does identify critical vehicle inspection violations, he or she may declare the vehicle out of service if the violation meets the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria. This means the vehicle cannot be operated until the vehicle violation(s) are corrected. A driver can also be placed out of service for driver credential-related issues or driver conditions, such as fatigue or impairment.
Out-of-service orders and the number, type and severity of safety violations affect a motor carrier’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) score and its Safety Fitness Determination rating. CSA is the safety compliance and enforcement program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) designed to improve safety and prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities by holding motor carriers and drivers accountable for their role in safety.”
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