GREENBELT, Md. — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will carry out its annual International Roadcheck May 17-19 with a focus on wheel ends.
International Roadcheck is a 72-hour high-volume commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative involving commercial motor vehicle inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
These inspectors will conduct North American Standard Inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers at weigh and inspection stations, on roving patrols and at temporary inspection sites.
Each year, the CVSA focuses on a specific aspect of a roadside inspection. This year, the focus will be on wheel ends, the components that support the heavy loads carried by commercial motor vehicles, maintain stability and control, and are critical for braking.
Violations involving wheel-end components historically account for about one quarter of the vehicle out-of-service violations discovered during International Roadcheck, and past International Roadcheck data routinely identified wheel end components as a top 10 vehicle violation.
During International Roadcheck, commercial motor vehicle inspectors examine large trucks and motorcoaches and the driver's documentation and credentials using CVSA's North American Standard Inspection Program procedures.
Using the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, also established by CVSA, inspectors identify critical out-of-service violations that if found, require the inspector to restrict the driver or vehicle from travel until those violations or conditions are addressed.
Vehicles that successfully pass a North American Standard Level I or Level V Inspection without any critical vehicle inspection item violations may receive a CVSA decal. In general, a vehicle with a valid CVSA decal will not be re-inspected during the three months while the decal is valid. Instead, inspectors will focus their efforts on vehicles without a valid CVSA decal.
"We want every vehicle on our roadways to be in proper working order for the safety of the driver operating that vehicle and everyone traveling on our roadways," CVSA President John Broers, a captain with the South Dakota Highway Patrol, said.
Agencies participating in the International Roadcheck are the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and Mexico's Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation.
In anticipation of the Roadcheck, Love's Travel Stops offering professional drivers discounts on select services. Throughout April and May, drivers can receive $1 TirePass inspections and $10 off DOT inspections at over 400 Love's Truck Care and Speedco locations across the country.