CVSA Roadcheck 2016
June 7-9th the CVSA will be conducting Roadcheck 2016, the largest targeted safety enforcement and outreach event in the world. Over a 72-hour period, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified inspectors at 1,500 locations across North America will be performing truck and bus inspections aimed at motor carrier, vehicle, driver, cargo securement, and tire safety. Last year, the organization completed over 69,000 inspections with over 60% of those being level I inspections. Level I inspections are the most thorough and include a 37-step process that examines everything from driver records to vehicle lighting.
The CVSA recommends the following tips to keep your truck or bus safe and help you avoid violations:
- Wear a seatbelt. It sounds simple, but over 700 seatbelt violations were issued at Roadcheck 2015.Buckling up will help you avoid unnecessary violations and, more importantly, help you stay safe.
- Inspect your brakes. One of the biggest factors in commercial truck and bus crashes is insufficient brake maintenance. Brake system-related violations are also one of the top reasons a vehicle is placed out of service. Be sure to do the following when examining your brakes:
- Check for missing, non-functioning, loose, contaminated or cracked parts on the brake system.
- Check for audible air leaks around brake components and lines.
- Check brake adjustment and measure pushrod travel.
Ask your service advisor for additional information on brake maintenance and safety.
- Check your lighting. Look at all required lamps for proper color, operation, mounting and visibility. Consider replacing any cracked or broken lights with all-makes TRP LED lights for an energy-efficient and durable option. TRP LED lights don’t contain filament and have a high-impact polycarbonate lens for greater nighttime visibility.
- Pre-inspect your vehicle. Check for any load securement issues and make sure your mirrors are clean and adjusted properly.