The 2019 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Roadcheck Inspection blitz is finally upon us. The annual 72-hour blitz will take place from Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6 throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Each year the International Roadcheck places a special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s violation emphasis category is steering components and suspension systems.
Steering and suspension are critical for all commercial vehicles, which is why CVSA has chosen each as the focus for this year’s blitz.
Hundreds of trucks are placed out of service annually with suspension violations.
Here are some tips to prepare and beat the blitz:
- Each year during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck blitz hundreds of trucks are placed out of service (OOS) because of suspension violations.
- Matt Copot, vice president of maintenance at Transervice, says the constant load and constant impact on leaf springs makes them a top priority for maintenance which includes looking out for loose U-bolts, damaged bottom rails and corroded spring hangars.
- “Do proper inspections on a regular basis,” Shepherd says. “Even minor wear or damage can lead to further damage which will end up costing you more money.”
What does an inspection entail?
The 37-step procedure includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Inspectors may opt to conduct the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection.
View the North American Standard Level I Inspection Procedures here, including details on what each step entails.
The CVSA has also published documentation on Rack and pinion steering system inspection as well as Safety Procedures for Lift Axle Inspection and Safety Inspection Procedures for Vehicles Equipped with Air Suspension.
Take Our Blitz Quiz to Win a Set of Steer Tires
We want to reward all truck drivers who are prepared for International Roadcheck. Take our Roadcheck 2019 quiz. All drivers who score 100% will be entered into a drawing for the tires, and are eligible for other tires. Only one entry per driver will be accepted, and submissions are being accepted through Tuesday, June 4.