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Some basics about trailer repair…International RoadCheck

May 26, 2016



At this point Internatioanl Roadcheck is only a few weeks away.  For 2016 Roadcheck will take place June 7 – 9.

Now, we all know that Roadcheck is an intensive 3-day safety enforcement action that takes place across North America in Canada, the US and Mexico.

But here are a few things you may not realize about this 3-day event:

  • International Roadcheck started in 1988; this is the 29th year.
  • Buses are also subject to inspection during Roadcheck.
  • More than 1.4 million inspections have been conducted since International Roadcheck began.
  • It is conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which is an international organization with representatives from Canada, the US and Mexico.
  • To carry out this program, CVSA partners with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Canadian Council for Motor Transport Administratiors, Transport Canada, and Mexico’s Secretariat for Communications and Transportation.
  • According to the CVSA website, the inspection “involves a 37 step procedure that includes an examination of both the driver and vehicle.  Drivers are required to provide items such as license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation, and may be checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs.  The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the braking system, securement of cargo, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, steering mechanism, driveline/driveshaft, suspension, tires, van and open top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, and emergency exits on buses.
  • Additionally, each year special attention is paid to a specific area for safety.  In 2016 tire safety will be highlighted.  Enforcement personnel will focus on things such as tread depth, tire pressure, looking for items that might be lodged in between dual tires, checking the overall condition of tires to ensure there aren’t any cuts and/or bulges in the tire, including the sidewall.
  • For more information about Roadcheck, safety tips and educational material check out the CVSA website at

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