International Roadcheck: Focus on ABS and Cargo Securement

As carriers in the commercial motor vehicle industry, it’s crucial to stay updated on important events and initiatives that promote safety on the roads. One such event is the International Roadcheck, an annual 72-hour inspection and enforcement event conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. In this year’s International Roadcheck, scheduled for May 16-18, 2023, the focus will be on anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and cargo securement, highlighting their importance in ensuring vehicle safety.

Why ABS and Cargo Securement Matter

Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) play a critical role in preventing wheel lockups or skidding, allowing drivers to maintain control of their vehicles while braking. ABS can significantly reduce the risk of collisions and contribute to safer roadways. During International Roadcheck, inspectors will be closely examining ABS to ensure they are in proper working condition and compliant with regulations.

Cargo securement is equally important in ensuring road safety. Improperly secured cargo can adversely affect the maneuverability of the vehicle and pose hazards to other motorists. Unsecured loads falling from commercial motor vehicles can lead to traffic hazards and vehicle collisions. Inspectors during International Roadcheck will be thoroughly checking cargo securement methods, including the use of appropriate devices and techniques, to ensure compliance with regulations. Learn more and download the focus flyer from the CVSA website

What to Expect During International Roadcheck

During International Roadcheck, CVSA-certified inspectors will conduct roadside safety inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. The inspections will focus on two key areas: vehicle safety and driver safety compliance.

Vehicle safety inspections will cover various aspects, including brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, lighting devices, tires, frames, fuel and exhaust systems, and more. Inspectors will ensure that vehicles are in compliance with regulations and do not have critical violations that may pose safety risks.

Driver safety inspections will include checking operating credentials, hours-of-service documentation, drug and alcohol clearinghouse status, seat belt usage, and signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Ensuring that drivers are compliant with safety regulations and not impaired is vital to maintaining safe commercial motor vehicle operations.

As carriers, it’s essential to be well-prepared for International Roadcheck and prioritize safety in your operations. Here are some steps you can take to ensure readiness:

1. Conduct thorough pre-trip inspections:

Regularly inspect your vehicles to ensure that ABS are functioning properly, and cargo is securely loaded and fastened.

2. Train and educate drivers:

Provide comprehensive training to your drivers on ABS operation, cargo securement regulations, hours-of-service compliance, and other safety requirements. Educate them on the importance of safe driving practices and the potential consequences of violations.

3. Maintain proper documentation:

Ensure that all required documents, such as operating credentials, hours-of-service records, and drug and alcohol clearinghouse status, are up-to-date and readily available for inspection.

4. Stay informed:

Stay updated on the latest regulations, inspection procedures, and compliance requirements by regularly checking local safety boards and resources.

Consequences of Violations

Vehicles that successfully pass the inspections without any critical violations may receive a CVSA decal, which is valid for three months. However, if critical violations are identified, the vehicle may be restricted from operating until the identified out-of-service conditions are corrected. Similarly, drivers with out-of-service violations, such as not possessing a valid or necessary operating license or exhibiting signs of impairment, may be restricted from operating.

It’s important to note that violations during International Roadcheck can result in penalties, fines, and potential impacts on a carrier’s safety rating. Therefore, it’s crucial for carriers to ensure their vehicles and drivers are in compliance with safety regulations to avoid violations and maintain a good safety record. Please visit the CVSA International Roadcheck page to learn more.

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