ABS, cargo securement emphasis of Roadcheck blitz in May
Mar 1, 2023
Brakes are annually a top out of service violation during Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck, and this year will get special emphasis during the campaign in May.
A high-visibility, high-volume 72-hour inspection and enforcement event Roadcheck will have CVSA-certified inspectors in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. focus on anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and cargo securement to highlight the importance of those aspects of vehicle safety.
Although ABS violations are not out of service (OOS) violations, ABS reduces the risk of collision by preventing the wheels from locking up or skidding, allowing a driver to maintain control of the vehicle while braking. Brakes (brake systems, 25.2% and defective service brakes, 12.7%) were two of the top three OOS violations in last year’s inspection campaign.
Improper cargo securement poses a serious risk to drivers and other motorists by adversely affecting the vehicle’s maneuverability, or worse, causing unsecured loads to fall, resulting in traffic hazards and vehicle collisions. Cargo securement was the No. 5 OOS violation in last year’s enforcement blitz, making up more than 10% of all OOS violations.
This year’s campaign is set for May 16-18 and inspectors will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers at weigh/inspection stations, designated inspection areas and along roadways. During International Roadcheck, inspectors will also conduct their usual roadside safety inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. Data will be gathered from those three days and shared later this year, as a snapshot of the state of commercial motor vehicle and driver safety.
During a routine North American Standard Level I Inspection, inspectors focus on two areas: driver and vehicle safety compliance.
Inspectors will ensure the vehicle’s brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, driver’s seat, fuel and exhaust systems, frames, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, wheels, rims, hubs and windshield wipers are compliant with regulations. Inspections of motorcoaches, passenger vans and other passenger-carrying vehicles also include emergency exits, seating, and electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments.
Inspectors will check the driver’s operating credentials, hours-of-service documentation, status in the drug and alcohol clearinghouse, seat belt usage, and for alcohol and/or drug impairment.
Vehicles that successfully pass a Level I or Level V Inspection without any critical vehicle inspection item violations may receive a CVSA decal, which is valid for three months. If the inspector does identify critical vehicle inspection item violations, as outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, the vehicle will be restricted from operating until the identified out-of-service conditions have been corrected. Inspectors may also restrict the driver from operating if the driver is found to have driver out-of-service violations, such as not possessing a valid or necessary operating license or exhibiting signs of impairment.