For commercial truck drivers, safety is always an all-day, everyday necessity, but there are some times when it is made even more of a priority. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced that it will be conducting its 29th Annual International Roadcheck June 7th through 9th, 2016. CVSA coordinates with regulators in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada to inspect an average of 17 vehicles per minute over the three-day span. The effort, which is manned by approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified inspectors, is aimed at ensuring commercial truck safety as well as providing an opportunity to educate truckers and the public about the roadside inspection program and the importance of commercial vehicle safety.
While the CVSA International Roadcheck is a great opportunity for the trucking world to put its best foot forward, the Roadcheck itself can lead to unexpected delays and expenses for carriers. We strongly suggest carriers prepare for the 72-hour Roadcheck by accounting for possible delays and ensuring that their vehicles and drivers are in full compliance. An Out-of-Service (OOS) violation costs nearly $1,000, not including any money that would need to be spent on the flagged repair. To ensure business continuity and minimal expense, we advise all of our carriers to educate themselves about the CVSA International Roadcheck program and prepare accordingly.
CVSA Roadcheck, Past and Present
Since its inception, the CVSA International Roadcheck has inspected nearly 1.5 million commercial vehicles. The inspection program, which is by far the largest of its kind in the world, primarily conducts the usual 37-step North American Standard Level I Inspection, which addresses vehicle concerns as well as verifies driver licensing and endorsement information. Drivers are also obligated to provide hours of service documentation, their medical card, and may be checked for seat belt usage and substance abuse.
In past years, the International Roadcheck Inspections have caught a large number of drivers and vehicles with OOS violations. Of all Level I Inspections conducted, nearly 5% of drivers and 20% of vehicles are regularly found to be in violation. In 2015, 4.8% of drivers and 17.5% of vehicles were flagged OOS. Hazmat Inspection statistics were significantly better at 1.5% and 11.5%, respectively.
All aspects of the 37-step inspection are important, but each year the CVSA places a special point of emphasis on a selected area. The emphasis this year is tire safety.
Get Your Drivers and Vehicles Prepared
While all drivers and vehicles should be prepared and fully compliant from grille to taillight, this year’s point of emphasis makes it especially important to make sure that all tires are up to standard. According to the CVSA, tires must have at least the minimum required tread depth measured in a major tread groove (4/32 inch for tires on front-axle tires and 2/32 inch for all other tires). So far this year, they estimate that nearly 5% of all inspections have turned up a tire violation. Of these, flat tires, tires with fabric exposed, and tires below the minimum tread depth accounted for 72% of total violations.
Experts recommend checking tire pressure, ensuring that no items are lodged between dual tires, and making sure that no deep cuts or bulges exist in tire sidewalls in order to successfully pass CVSA International Roadcheck 2016 criteria. CVSA itself has published a helpful tip sheet for avoiding tire violations here.
In addition, eCapital has a partnership with Advantage PressurePro, which is the leading developer of Tire Pressure Management Systems (TPMS). PressurePro integrates with your current systems, logs data, and monitors up to ten wheel positions. With PressurePro, you’ll both save fuel and never have to worry about a flat. Advantage PressurePro systems can ensure that your vehicles are ready for CVSA International Roadcheck 2016 in full tire compliance. If you are interested in learning more about them, you can get started today here.
We hope that you are prepared for CVSA International Roadcheck. In addition to staying safe, make sure that you save yourself both time and money by having any necessary documentation and making the necessary preparations to make sure that you pass the inspection without any stress or hassle.