Law enforcement agencies across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are gearing up for next week’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck. The annual safety blitz is set to take place May 4-6.

During this year’s event, tens of thousands of inspections will be conducted on commercial motor vehicles and drivers, and enforcement personnel will be paying extra attention to lighting and hours-of-service (HOS) violations. In fiscal 2020, lamps inoperable (49 CFR §393.9) was the number one vehicle violation, accounting for approximately 12.24% of total vehicle violations, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Meanwhile, HOS was the top driver out-of-service violation (34.7%) during last year’s International Roadcheck.

However, motor carriers and drivers should be aware that there are numerous other violations that can found during the 37-step North American Standard Level I Inspection, which examines both vehicle mechanical fitness and driver operating requirements. Inspectors will ensure the vehicle’s brake systems; cargo securement; coupling devices; driveline/driveshaft components; driver’s seat; exhaust systems; frames; fuel systems; lighting devices; steering mechanisms; suspensions; tires; van and open-top trailer bodies; wheels; rims and hubs; and windshield wipers. Motorcoaches, passenger vans and other passenger-carrying vehicles will also be inspected for emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.

Inspectors will be looking for critical vehicle inspection item violations, outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria. If such violations are found, the vehicle will be placed out of service, meaning that it cannot be operated until the out-of-service conditions have been corrected. Vehicles that successfully pass inspection should receive a CVSA decal.

During Roadcheck, drivers will be checked for operating credentials, HOS documentation, seat belt usage, and alcohol and/or drug impairment. A driver will be placed out of service if an inspector discovers driver-related out-of-service conditions.

To help motor carriers and drivers prepare for this year’s enforcement initiative, the CVSA has created an International Roadcheck Vehicle Inspection Cheatsheet.

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