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Road Check Inspections June 6-8, 2017: Secure Your Cargo

by Anna Mischke | May 25, 2017

052517 driverThe annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) road checks are looming; ensure you are prepared for the roadside inspection spree from June 6th through June 8th. Approximately 17 trucks and buses will be inspected every minute.

During last year’s road check, 62,796 inspections were held with 42,236 being North American Standard Level 1 Inspections. These inspections resulted in placing 3.4 percent of the drivers and 21.5 percent of the vehicles out of service. The Level 1 Inspection is a thorough 37 step process which includes driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Drivers may be required to provide a driving license, hours-of-service documentation, shipping documentation, motor carrier registration, medical examiner’s certificate, and hazardous material paperwork. Vehicle inspections may include brake systems, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices (required lamps), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers, and emergency exits (on buses). Extra attention will be paid to cargo securement.

The FMCSA has specific conditions that must be met; ensure you are adhering to these specifications by reading the official FMCSA’s Driver’s Handbook on Cargo Securement and review their flyer for useful information. According to the CVSA, “Regulations require tie-downs to be attached and secured in a manner that prevents it from becoming loose, unfastening, opening or releasing while the vehicle is in transit.” Damaged tie-downs may cause improper securement; special attention should be made to tie-downs experiencing normal wear and tear and all cargo securement devices including webbing, steel strapping, and wire rope. Any damaged pieces should be replaced to avoid citation.


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