The 2021 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck

Every year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) organizes an International Roadcheck in North America to conduct compliance, enforcement and education initiatives. This year, the roadcheck is set to occur over a 72-hour period from Tuesday May 4, 2021 until Thursday May 6, 2021. With the International Roadcheck quickly approaching, it’s critical for carriers to ensure that their fleets are prepared. 

CVSA’s International RoadCheck Details

The quickly approaching roachcheck is promoted as a reminder to motor carriers and drivers of sometimes forgotten vehicle and driving practices, in addition to raising awareness of the North American Standard Inspection Program. By dedicating 72 hours where roadchecks will happen more often to check the vehicle and driver, it is aimed to help show the importance of proactive vehicle maintenance and driver readiness to keep roads safe.

It is important to note that this year’s International Roadcheck will also focus on checking the operating credentials, hours-of-service documentation, seat belt usage and alcohol or drug impairment. 

What Drivers Can Expect 

From May 4-6, 2021, drivers can expect to see an increased number of roadcheck inspections while on route. These inspections will focus on standard checks to ensure that vehicles are safe to drive in addition to the driver abiding to driving regulations. These inspections will be conducted by CVSA-certified inspectors and will target various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety. 

Vehicles will undergo inspections to check for vehicle inspection item violations and will include the following, as listed by the CVSA’s “International Roadcheck Set for May 4-6 with Emphasis on Lighting and Hours of Service” update: 

“Inspectors will ensure the vehicle’s brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, driver’s seat, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims, hubs and windshield wipers are compliant with regulations. Inspections of motorcoaches, passenger vans and other passenger-carrying vehicles also include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.

If violations are found, inspectors are able to place vehicles out-of-service as outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria. If this happens, the vehicle cannot be placed back in service until the out-of-service conditions have been corrected.

If no violations are found and the inspection is passed successfully, a CVSA decal will be provided. By obtaining a CVSA decal, the vehicle will not be required to be re-inspected for three months for which the decal is valid.

How To Prepare 

In the days leading up to the International Roadcheck, it’s important for carriers to prepare their team. In addition to notifying drivers of the event and the high possibility of a roadcheck while on route, it is critical for the following to happen: 

  • Ensure that drivers are conducting DVIR (Driver Vehicle Inspection Report) checks properly and thoroughly 
  • Ensure that drivers know how to record and display HOS (hours-of-service) information as per their fleets’ regulation requirements (paper logs or electronic logging devices)
  • Share the North American Standard Roadside Inspection Vehicle Cheat Sheet as provided by the CVSA for drivers to review 

If you would like to learn how GoFleet can help your fleet pass roadside inspections with advanced telematics solutions, contact us today! With a variety of solutions available that are designed to help drivers remain safe by following rules and regulations on the road, we’re confident we have something that can help your fleet.