Post Date - May 15, 2023
Boyd Bros. Transportation is always on the lookout for ways to increase safety among drivers. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck is a way to do just that. We know these inspections can sometimes be stress-inducing so here’s all the info you need to know to best prepare yourself and your truck!
This year’s International Roadcheck is scheduled for May 16-18 with an emphasis on anti-lock brake system (ABS) and cargo securement. Inspectors will utilize weigh stations, along roadways, and at designated inspection stations to complete the inspections. The inspections will begin with an informal interview where the inspector will ask you simple questions like where you’re going and what you’re hauling. Our biggest tip for this part? Keep a positive and professional attitude!
You should also be sure to keep your truck organized with all necessary documents ready to present. You’ll need your CDL, valid federal medical examiner’s certificate, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration, and shipping papers/document. Additionally, you may need to show the inspector a copy of the insurance and hazardous materials certificate (if applicable), an up-to-date permit book, proof of annual inspection for all equipment, a charged and secured fire extinguisher, and the required emergency equipment (three reflective triangles).
What To Expect
While inspections may cause you to feel a bit of stress, it’s important to remember that you’ve already done the hard work in following safety regulations. To take some of that stress away, here’s a rundown of how the ABS inspection will likely go. The inspector will begin by determining if ABS is required on your truck. If it is, they’ll move on to checking that the ABS lamp cycles on and off appropriately. Finally, they’ll assess if there are any indicators of an ABS malfunction, like lamps remaining on when they shouldn’t.
A cargo securement inspection is slightly more involved. The inspector will begin by assessing that spare tires, loads, cargo, and dunnage are properly secured and aren’t at risk from falling, blowing, spilling, or leaking from the vehicle or rolling/shifting while in transit. They’ll also confirm there is an appropriate number of tie downs and check for any defective devices. This could include loose, torn, damaged, bent, or knotted tiedowns. Finally, they will inspect anchor points for damage and verify that the cargo is in alliance with regulations.
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