The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has scheduled its annual Roadcheck on June 3 to June 5.  Nearly 10,000 inspectors will spread out from Alaska to Mexico to examine trucks at 1,500 locations.

The purpose of these inspections is to check on compliance to the safety standards in place for the motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.    This program has saved the lives of hundreds of people since its beginning in 1988.

During last year’s road check more than 73,000 truck and bus inspections were conducted. Of those inspections, over 47,000 were North American Standard Level I inspections, the most comprehensive roadside inspection, in which vehicles and drivers are assessed for violations of federal, state or Canadian provincial safety regulations.

According to the CVSA’s website http://www.cvsa.org/programs/nas.php , the Level 1 inspection includes:  driver’s license, medical examiner’s certificate and waiver, alcohol and drugs (if applicable), driver’s record of duty status (as required), hours of service, seat belt, vehicle inspection report, as well as the brake system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, turn signals, brake lamps, tail lamps, head lamps, lamps on projecting loads, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, emergency exits on buses and HM requirements, as applicable.

The inspections may also include:  brake system; coupling devices; exhaust system; frame; fuel system; turn signals; brake lamps; tail lamps; head lamps; lamps on projecting loads; safe loading; steering mechanism; suspension; tires; van and open-top trailer bodies; wheels and rims; windshield wipers and emergency exits for buses.

Now’s the time to make sure you’ll pass that CVSA test by bringing your rig up to the right standards.  Get your paperwork caught up and ready as well as getting your truck’s systems so you can get back to doing what you do best.

Check out http://www.cvsa.org/programs/nas.php for the details and information you need.