Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) puts on their annual Roadcheck event, and this year’s event is taking place between June 3-5. CVSA Roadcheck 2014 will feature more than 10,000 inspectors at 2,500 locations across Canada, the United States and Mexico and will be conducting inspections day and night over the 72 hour period.
The inspections that take place during Roadcheck 2014 are all North American Standard Level I Inspections which are the most comprehensive of all inspections. That is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both the driver and the vehicle. Drivers who are stopped will be required to provide items such as their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of service documentation. They’ll be checked for seat belt usage as well as the use of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection will consist of checking the braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers and emergency exits on buses.
Each year, the CVSA picks one area of emphasis, and this year’s Roadcheck 2014 focus will be on hazardous materials. Any vehicle can carry hazardous materials whether placed or not, but those vehicles carrying them require special paperwork, driver credentials, vehicle safety, load securement and hazard identification and communication. HazMat-certified inspectors will be especially vigilant about potential hazardous materials compliance issues during Roadcheck this year. It’s important to note, though, that not every inspection site will have a HazMat-certified inspector.
William Schaefer, CVSA Director of Vehicle Programs, has some advice for fleet owners and drivers alike regarding the upcoming three-day event. He says there’s nothing out of the ordinary with this inspection; there’s simply more of them going on throughout the event. If regular maintenance is done on all the trucks in your fleet, CVSA Roadcheck 2014 won’t be any issue for you and your drivers. He stresses that the program isn’t designed to be out to get anyone, so inspectors won’t be looking for a problem that isn’t there.
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