Year’s biggest inspection blitz begins Tuesday

CVSA’s annual Roadcheck inspection spree begins Tuesday.CVSA’s annual Roadcheck inspection spree begins Tuesday.

Drivers have just a few more days to prepare for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual International Roadcheck inspection spree, while will begin Tuesday, June 6 and run through Thursday, June 8, across North America.

CVSA plans the 72-hour event each summer to “conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives.”

Cargo securement will be the main point of emphasis for inspectors this year. While this is a normal part of CVSA’s Level I inspections, the organization says its inspectors will be highlighting cargo securement as a reminder to drivers and fleets of its importance.

To help prevent violations related to load securement during the inspection spree, CVSA says to make sure the load and all equipment is properly secured, and to inspect tie-downs to check for wear and damage.

Violations related to cargo securement include failure to prevent shifting/loss of cargo, failure to secure truck equipment, damaged tie-downs, insufficient tie-downs and loose tie-downs. The group has put together tips and a flyer for cargo securement in advance of the spree.

CVSA says an average of 15 trucks and buses are inspected every minute across North America during the 72-hour event. During 2016’s inspection spree, inspectors placed 21.5 percent of trucks inspected out of service, along with 3.4 percent of drivers, or 9,080 trucks and 1,436 drivers.

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