The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced dates for its annual International Roadcheck Inspection. Inspectors will look at commercial motor vehicles and their drivers June 6th – 8th. This year, a special focus in on cargo securement.
According to CVSA, 62,796 inspections were conducted during last year’s Roadcheck, and 42,236 of those were Level I inspections. Over 20 percent of vehicles inspected were placed out of service, mostly due to brake adjustment and brake system violations. Over three percent of drivers failed inspections due to hours of service violations and false logs, among other items.
The good news is there are several months for fleets to prepare. CVSA states that drivers will need to provide their licenses, hours of service documentation, motor carrier registration, and shipping documentation. Drivers are encouraged to buckle up, get in a safe mindset, avoid in-truck distractions, get plenty of rest, and never drive under the influence. Inspectors will be checking vehicles for items such as brake systems, cargo securement, tires, fuel systems, coupling devices, and more.
With the emphasis on cargo securement, CVSA prepared a list of tips here. Top load securement violations include failure to prevent shifting, failure to secure equipment such as doors and spare tires, and damaged, loose, or insufficient tie-downs.
Omnitracs’ Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) application can help ensure proper truck maintenance, eliminating the need for paper reports.
To learn more about the CVSA 2017 Roadcheck event, visit http://cvsa.org/program/programs/international-roadcheck/.
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