The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently announced that this year’s International Roadcheck is scheduled for May 16-18, 2023. The International Roadcheck is an annual, three-day enforcement initiative that emphasizes the importance of commercial motor vehicle and driver safety through a blitz of high-visibility roadside inspections across North America.
During the event, an influx of CVSA-certified professionals takes to the roads to conduct the following North American Standard (NAS) inspections on vehicles:
- Level I inspections consist of 37 steps, including an examination of commercial vehicles’ mechanical fitness and drivers’ operating requirements. This is the most common type of inspection during the event.
- Level II inspections generally include everything that can be checked without getting physically under the vehicle.
- Level III inspections include a review of driver requirements, such as a commercial driver’s license, vehicle documentation, cargo, a record of duty status and other requirements.
- Level V inspections are equivalent to the Level I NAS inspection, except that drivers are not present. These normally occur after an incident or arrest.
The CVSA also establishes a specific emphasis each year for inspections. Last year’s focus was on commercial motor vehicle (CMVs) wheel ends, while this year’s is concentrated on vehicles’ anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and cargo securements.
Although substandard ABS systems are not an out-of-service violation, they play a critical role in collision prevention, so it is important to ensure they are kept in good working condition. The other focus – cargo securement is especially important because an improperly secured load poses serious risk to other motorists on the road. An insecure load can fall off the trailer, causing serious traffic hazards and vehicle collisions.
Per this year’s emphasis, each inspection will ensure that vehicles’ ABS are working properly and if they are hauling a load, securement of cargo is done correctly.
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