The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8. Over a 72 hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers.
According to the FMCSR, there are two definitions for commercial vehicles:
- A commercial motor vehicle is any motor vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property if the motor vehicle: 1) Has a gross combination weight rating of 26.001 or more pounds inclusive of a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10K pounds; or 2) Has a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds; or 3) Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or 4) Is of any size and is used in the transportation of materials found to be hazardous for the purposes of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and which require the motor vehicle to be placarded under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR 172, subpart F). (49CFR383) or
- Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV): Any self-propelled or towed vehicle used on public highways in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property when: 1) The vehicle has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 or more pounds; or 2) The vehicle is designed to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver; or 3) The vehicle is used in the transportation of hazardous materials in quantity requiring placarding under regulations issued by the Secretary of Transportation under the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (49 U.S.C. App. 1801-1813). (49CFR350) (49CFR390)
The focus for the 2017 International Roadcheck will place a special emphasis on cargo securement regulations. CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.
Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level 1 Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. Level 1 inspection includes a 37-step procedure that examines both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Driver inspection of documents will include driver’s license, hours of services documentation, motor carrier registration, shipping documentation, and inspectors will be checking for use of seatbelts and drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting (required lamps), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers, and emergency equipment.
Businesses have a responsibility to make their drivers aware of these inspections. Inspection points will be clearly marked, and drivers will be expected to pull over and follow any instructions provided to them.