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Not Totally Suspension…IT’S ROADCHECK TIME

June 8, 2017

Around this same time last year I wrote a post about International Roadcheck.  Well a year has gone by and it’s time again for that 3 day inspection blitz.   In fact, it’s happening as I write this.  I’ll give a brief overview of Roadcheck again as well as a few tips for an inspection.




Annually there is a commercial vehicle inspection event across North America known as International Roadcheck or, simply, Roadcheck.  This program is conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).   During this 3 day period commercial vehicles across Canada, the United States and Mexico are subject to random inspection stops.  Commercial vehicles include trucks and buses.  Typically during these stops, the vehicle is given the 37 Point North American Standard Level I inspection which examines both the vehicle and the driver.  2017 is the 30th year of Roadcheck.  In years past there has been a special emphasis on one aspect of safety among commercial vehicles.   This year that area of emphasis is cargo securement.  If you’re not sure that cargo securement should get the focus this year you should know that the most common citations regarding securement  are for “shifting of cargo” and “leaking, spilling, blowing, falling cargo”.

If you are stopped during Roadcheck (or at any other time) it’s best to be prepared. Drivers, you should always make sure you have the proper documentation before you even get on the road.  During an inspection the inspector will examine the following

  1. CDL (Commercial Drivers License)
  2. Medical Examiner’s Certificate
  3. Record of Duty Status (commonly referred to as the drivers log)
  4. Documentation of annual inspection (FMCSA required for all commercial vehicles)
  5. Hazardous Materials paperwork, if applicable
  6. Permit credentials

You should make sure these documents are handy and ready to present.

Drivers, you should also be doing a daily post- and pre-trip inspection.   This will help to identify any mechanical problems with the vehicle and have them corrected on an on-going basis thereby reducing citations during an inspection.   If your not doing these daily inspections, have the vehicle inspected before you get on the road during this event.

Also, it’s a good idea to keep your vehicle neat and clean.  Look at it this way, many vehicles will be stopped but they won’t all be inspected.  If you’re stopped, the decision to inspect will be made based on some criteria.  Don’t let that criteria be an untidy vehicle.

Lastly, be professional and polite with the inspector.  Approximately 10,000 inspectors will perform inspections on thousands of vehicles.  This is simply the inspectors job and the goal is improved highway safety.  A little courtesy will go a long way in making the stop easier for you both.

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