Tuesday, 8 May 2018

CVSA Roadcheck 2018: What You Need To Watch Out For

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 31st annual International Roadcheck will be June 5-7, 2018. During this 72-hour period, CVSA-certified inspectors will be out there to inspect your vehicle. We understand a 37- point inspection might sound slightly intimidating. So here is what you need to watch out for during CSA’s Roadcheck 2018.

CVSA Roadcheck 2018: What You Need To Watch Out For
During the Roadcheck, CVSA inspectors will perform a 37-step inspection on you and your trucks. You will be required to provide your motor carrier registration and commercial driver’s license. The CVSA inspector will check different parts of your vehicle, including braking system, fuel and exhaust, suspension, and windshield wipers.

But if you have been making your pre and post trip inspections, you will have nothing to worry about.

Brake System

Checking your brakes is essential in any situation, but the Roadcheck just drives this point home. You want to constantly check your brakes for any missing or damaged parts, warning devices, leaks, and incorrect air pressure adjustment.

Coupling Devices

When you're checking your truck, you will need to look at your coupling devices. Check the secured mounting for your fifth wheel, the spaces between plates, and any damaged parts that can make a locking mechanism faulty. 
  


Cargo Securement

Roadcheck 2018 is all about safety. When you are hauling lads, making sure you have proper cargo securement is major. Check for improper tailboard security, damaged tie-down anchor points, unsecured end gates and rear doors, and faulty cargo securement devices.

Suspension Check

Sometimes you expect a bumpy ride, but you do not want to have a rough haul. First, check for cracked, crooked, or missing springs. Also, watch out for loose shackles and u-bolts, unsecured spring hangers, and a misaligned or damaged front axle.

Tires and Wheels

Check your tires for proper inflation and tread groove depth. Make sure your wheels and rims do not have any cracks or damaged parts. Your hubs should have no damages, leaks, and must be aligned.

Hours-of-Service Compliance

This year’s focus is on hours-of-service compliance because of the DOT’s electronic logging device mandate.


“Although the electronic logging device (ELD) rule that went into effect on Dec. 18, 2017, does not change any of the underlying hours-of-service rules or exceptions, the ELD mandate placed a spotlight on hours-of-service compliance,” said Capt. Turner. “We thought this year would be a perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of the hours-of-service regulations.”

If the CVSA does find significant violations, you or your vehicle may be placed out of service. This means you will not be allowed to operate your vehicle until the driver and/or vehicle violation(s) are corrected.

Moving Forward

Since we are talking about proactivity, we hear they have started pre-filing HVUT Form 2290 at ExpressTruckTax.

Don’t wait until it is too late. Be the trucker who is ready for everything.

Are you ready for Roadcheck 2018? What do you do for your pre-trip inspections? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments below.