CVSA Announces Date For 2017 National Commercial Vehicle Roadside Inspection Blitz

April 24th, 2017 - 9:42 am

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced that it will conduct its annual nationwide roadside inspection blitz on June 6-8, 2017. CVSA is an alliance of federal, state and local commercial motor vehicle enforcement authorities that conducts several coordinated nationwide roadside inspection enforcement actions each year. Roadcheck, the largest CVSA inspection blitz, is an annual 72-hour event in which inspectors fan out nationwide to conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives for commercial vehicle operators. But mostly, it is all about enforcement. During 2016's RoadCheck inspection blitz, 21.5 percent of all trucks were placed out of service, along with 3.4 percent of drivers, or 9,080 trucks and 1,436 drivers respectively. A total of 62,796 inspections were performed during last year's event, according to CVSA. Overall, 42,236 of the inspections conducted were Level I inspections, the most comprehensive of all approved inspection methods. Brakes and hours of service violations were the top out-of-service orders issued in 2016. This year's RoadCheck inspection blitz will focus on cargo securement, which isn't generally an issue for heating oil dealers. 

However, every aspect of driver and vehicle compliance will be covered during a Level I inspection. Heating oil dealers can prepare for the upcoming inspection blitz by ensuring compliance with the following North American Standard Level I Inspection areas:

  • Examination of driver's license;
  • Medical examiner's certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) Certificate (if applicable);
  • Alcohol and drugs;
  • Driver's record of duty status as required;
  • Driver hours of service;
  • Seat belt;
  • Vehicle inspection report(s) (if applicable);
  • Brake systems;
  • Coupling devices;
  • Exhaust systems;
  • Frames;
  • Fuel systems;
  • Lighting devices (headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, turn signals and lamps/flags on projecting loads);
  • Securement of cargo;
  • Steering mechanisms;
  • Suspensions;
  • Tires;
  • Van and open-top trailer bodies; 
  • Wheels, rims and hubs;
  • Windshield wipers;
  • Emergency exits and/or electrical cables and systems in engine and battery compartments (buses), and
  • Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods requirements as applicable. HM/DG required inspection items will be inspected by certified HM/DG inspectors.