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February 2, 2021 2:30 PM, EST

CVSA International Roadcheck Set for May 4-6

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This year’s International Roadcheck is set for May 4-6, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced.

Stepped-up enforcement will have a special focus on commercial motor vehicle lighting and hours of service. Inspectors from jurisdictions throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States will carry out the 72-hour event, CVSA said Feb. 2.

“CVSA shares the dates of International Roadcheck in advance to remind motor carriers and drivers of the importance of proactive vehicle maintenance and driver readiness,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “International Roadcheck also aims to raise awareness of the North American Standard Inspection Program and the essential highway safety rules and regulations in place to keep our roadways safe.”

Inspectors will ensure the vehicle’s brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, driver’s seat, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims, hubs and windshield wipers are compliant with regulations.

Inspections of motorcoaches, passenger vans and other passenger-carrying vehicles also include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating, CVSA said.

Also during the event, inspectors will check the driver’s operating credentials, hours-of-service documentation, seat belt usage, and for alcohol or drug impairment. A driver will be placed out of service if an inspector discovers driver-related out-of-service conditions, the Alliance said.

Critical vehicle inspection item violations, as outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, require that a vehicle be placed out of service.

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According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the lighting violation “lamps inoperable” was the No. 1 vehicle violation in fiscal 2020, accounting for approximately 12.24% of all vehicle violations discovered that year. During last year’s International Roadcheck, the top driver out-of-service violation category in North America was hours of service, accounting for 34.7% of all driver out-of-service conditions.

“It’s important to remember that International Roadcheck is a data collection effort,” Samis said. “The inspections conducted during the three days of International Roadcheck are no different from the inspections conducted any other day of the year. Other than data collection, the inspection process is the same.”

As was the case last year, in consideration of COVID-19, law enforcement personnel will conduct inspections following their departments’ health and safety protocols during 2021 International Roadcheck, CVSA said.

In addition, inspectors will make every effort to get vaccine shipments to their destination, quickly and safely. COVID-19 vaccine shipments will not be held up for inspection, unless there is an obvious serious violation that is an imminent hazard, CVSA said.

In addition to CVSA, International Roadcheck includes participation by FMCSA, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation and its National Guard.

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