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CVSA International Roadcheck is Coming: Are You Ready?

by Mario Tarradell | May 7, 2019

International Roadcheck

CVSA International Roadcheck is Coming: Are You Ready?

It’s May. That means spring is in full swing, from fresh flowers to strong storms. It also means that June is around the corner and so is the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck. Are you ready?

This year’s Roadcheck is June 4-6, a 72-hour blitz of commercial motor vehicle inspectors conducting inspections on commercial vehicles and drivers throughout North America.

The rule of thumb regarding the yearly International Roadcheck is that CVSA-certified inspectors usually conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness, according to Fleetowner.com. But inspectors may decide to launch into the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, or the Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection, or even the Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection.

Special Focus on Steering and Suspension Systems

Plus, each year the International Roadcheck focuses on a specific category of violations. This year is no different. The Roadcheck 2019 emphasis is on steering and suspension systems. The point here is to remind all truckers of their importance to highway safety.

“Steering and suspension are safety critical systems for any commercial motor vehicle,” said Arkansas Highway Police Chief Jay Thompson, the CVSA President. “Not only do they support the heavy loads carried by trucks, but they also help maintain stability and control under acceleration and braking, keeping the vehicle safely on the road. Furthermore, they keep tires in alignment, reducing chances of uneven tire wear and possible tire failure, and they maximize the contact between the tires and the road to provide steering stability and good handling.”

What Else Should Be Top-Notch?

So, aside from the steering and suspension systems, what else should you make sure is in tip-top shape? Here’s a list of critical inspection items:

  • Brake systems
  • Cargo securement
  • Coupling devices
  • Driveline/driveshaft
  • Driver’s seat (missing)
  • Exhaust systems
  • Frames
  • Fuel systems
  • Lighting (headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, turn signals, lamps/flags on projecting loads)
  • Tires
  • Van and open-top trailer bodies
  • Wheels, rims and hubs
  • Windshield wipers

Plus, drivers will also be scrutinized. You’ll be checked for seat belt usage, sickness, fatigue, and any possible alcohol or drug impairment. In addition, you need to provide:

  • Driver’s license (operating credentials)
  • Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate (if applicable)
  • Driver’s record of duty status and vehicle inspection report(s) (if applicable)

What Happens When the Inspection Is Over?

Once the inspection reaches a conclusion, one of three things will happen. If the inspector finds no critical item violations, a CVSA decal will be affixed on the vehicle. You passed. That’s a good thing! If any violations are flagged, no CVSA decal is issued. At this point, if the vehicle inspection violations are considered critical, the vehicle may be placed Out-of-Service. That means you can’t operate the vehicle until the violations are corrected. A driver can also be declared out-of-service for any driver credential issues or conditions such as fatigue and impairment.

Being placed out-of-service affects a motor carrier’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) score, as well as the Safety Fitness Determination rating. This, in turn, can affect your standing with customers, among other things. That means your business suffers.

It’s important to note that CVSA inspections are routine before and after the annual International Roadcheck event. The idea behind International Roadcheck is to shine a light on the year’s inspection focus, and to serve as an important reminder that truck safety on the road is always priority.


Safety and cash flow are super important for the success of a trucking company. At Apex Capital, we can help your company with steady cash flow through client-focused factoring and world-class customer service. Visit our website or give us a call at 855-369-2739.

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about Mario Tarradell

Mario Tarradell
Mario Tarradell is a Bilingual Communications Specialist at Apex Capital. He comes to Apex after a long career writing for daily newspapers. At Apex, Mario enjoys telling stories about truckers, especially about the many aspects of the trucking industry that have the greatest impact on them personally and professionally. Mario believes that truckers are our lifelines, so he always wants to pay respect to the hard-working folks behind the wheel.