RISK INSIGHT: Preparing Your Fleet for International Roadcheck

The importance of pre and post trip inspections of fleet vehicles is not a new concept. Make sure your fleet’s safety is appropriately prioritized and ready to pass inspection during the upcoming annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck occurring June 4-6, 2019.

During the International Roadcheck, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which consists of a 37-step analysis of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Special emphasis on steering and suspension is in the spotlight this year as priority safety-critical systems and components.

Throughout the 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions across North America will inspect commercial motor vehicles and drivers. Drivers are required to provide their driver’s license, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation. Again, this year’s International Roadcheck will focus heavily on steering and suspension components.

According to Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) news, 21.6 percent of commercial motor vehicles that received Level I Inspections, and 3.9 percent of drivers who received a Level I, II or III Inspection were placed out of service during the 2018 International Roadcheck. Drivers will be checked for seatbelt usage and sources indicate inspectors will also be on the lookout for any apparent alcohol or drug impairment. Based on CVSA information, additional items evaluated in the inspection includes checking brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Extra items for buses include emergency exits, electrical cables & systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.

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