Are you prepared for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CSVA) 2018 Inspection Blitz?
Take a moment to mark June 5th to 7th in your calendar! The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) are gearing up for their annual 72-hour inspection blitz. Take precautions as being placed out-of-service is an unneeded expense and can create major delivery headaches.
A snippet from the CVSA’s official release:
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual International Roadcheck will run June 5-7, 2018. During the International Roadcheck, inspectors will conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. This year’s blitz will place a special emphasis on hours-of-service compliance.
Over the 72-hour blitz period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct assessments of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. Drivers are required to provide their driver’s licence, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation. As mentioned above, this year’s roadcheck will focus heavily on hours-of-service compliance.
A catalyst for this years’ hours-of-service focus is the findings from last year’s blitz. It was discovered that 3 out of every 10 drivers drivers who were placed out-of-service were removed from roadways due to hours-of-service violations. During the blitz, drivers will be asked to provide their operating credentials, hours-of-service documentation and proper seat-belt usage will also be checked.
Other items evaluated during this blitz period include but are not limited to:
- exhaust systems
- fuel systems
- lighting devices
- coupling devices
- break systems
- drivelines and drive shafts
- steering mechanisms
- van and open-top trailer bodies
- rims and hubs
- windshield wipers
- and emergency exits
If no critical inspection item violations are found during a Level I inspection a CVSA decal will be placed on the vehicle indicating that the vehicle successfully passed an inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified inspector.
If an inspector identifies any violations, they may render the driver or vehicle out-of-service. This means that the driver cannot operate the vehicle until all the violations are corrected.
Take extra care to review hours-of-service logs and the other North American Level I Inspection items to ensure your driving force is compliant with the CVSA standards to avoid expensive out-of-service vehicles and remember to be safe out there!
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