June 7, 2016 9:40 AM, EDT

Tire Safety Is Focus of 2016 CVSA Roadcheck

Roadcheck 2013/TT File Photo
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's 2016 International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9 at dozens of locations throughout North America. This year’s emphasis is tire safety.

Approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors will check large trucks and buses during the world’s biggest targeted-enforcement program for commercial motor vehicles.

While inspectors perform the usual 37-step North American Standard Level I Inspection, an emphasis will be placed on checking tire pressure, making sure no items are lodged between dual tires and that no deep cuts or bulges exist in the tires’ sidewalls. 

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The vehicle inspection also includes the braking system, securement of cargo, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, lights, steering mechanism, driveline/driveshaft, suspension, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, and windshield wipers.

Drivers are required to provide items such as their 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.

During International Roadcheck, nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period. CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.

More than 1.4 million roadside inspections have been conducted since International Roadcheck was established in 1988.