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May 2, 2023


Is Your Fleet Prepared? CVSA International Roadcheck is Scheduled for May 16-18th

Tosha Missel, PacLease Marketing Specialist

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck will be conducted from May 16-18th with an emphasis on Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) and Cargo Securement. The International Roadcheck is the largest annual commercial vehicle safety event in North America. During this year's International Roadcheck, more than 18,000 vehicles will be inspected at 1,000 locations across the country. The event also helps ensure that drivers are getting the training they need by checking their licenses, permits, registrations and compliance with hours-of-service regulations.

Anti-lock Braking Systems

Though ABS violations are not considered an out-of-service violation, they do play a critical role in brake safety. ABS reduces the risk of collisions by preventing the wheels from locking up, skidding, and helps the driver stay in control of the vehicle while braking.

Cargo Securement

According to CVSA, improper cargo securement poses a serious risk since it affects the vehicle’s maneuverability, and unsecured loads could shift or even fall, resulting in traffic hazards and vehicle collisions. It is up to the driver and the carrier to ensure that loads they haul are properly secured.

Some examples of cargo securement violations include:

  • Failure to properly secure cargo with webbing straps when required.
  • Inadequate strength or number of webbing straps.
  • Failure to use properly tensioned ratchets or ratchet extensions.

During the 2022 CVSA International Roadcheck, 59,026 inspections occurred and placed 12,456 commercial motor vehicles and 3,714 commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service during this three-day event.

The top 5 Out of Service Violations:

  • Brake Systems 25.2%
  • Tires 18.5%
  • Defective Service Brakes 12.7%
  • Lights 12.2%
  • Cargo Securement 10.6%

The good news is that 77.2% of the vehicles and 93.6% of the drivers inspected did not have an out-of-service violation. Inspectors distributed 14,200 CVSA decals, which were placed on 10,135 power units, 3,876 trailers and 189 motorcoaches. Meaning vehicles that do not have any critical vehicle inspection item violations, after a Level I or V Inspection, are eligible to receive a CVSA decal to put on their unit. The CVSA decal is valid for up to three consecutive months after inspection, a visual indicator that signals to inspectors that the vehicle has “passed inspection.”

For more information on the CVSA International Roadcheck.

Learn more about ABS and Cargo Securement.

Keep your drivers up to date on safety and compliance training with PacTrainer.


Tags: CVSA | Analytics | Fleet Management | Safety

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