If you haven’t already, read how to prepare your vehicle and yourself for a North American Level I Inspection.
After the International Roadcheck 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19, CVSA has now rescheduled the event for September 9th-11th. During the 72-hour inspection, law enforcement will verify your driving requirements and examine your vehicle’s components.
What Will the Inspection Look Like?
This year’s focus will be on the driver’s requirements during the roadside inspections. The North American Standard Level I Inspection is a 37-step procedure that includes two main categories: the driver portion and the vehicle portion. There may be a third category of the Level I Inspection which is on hazardous materials and dangerous goods.
The inspections will occur at designated fixed locations or as part of roving mobile patrols.
The Driver Portion
Inspectors will be examining your driver’s license, Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate, and record of duty status and vehicle inspection reports (if applicable). Some of the top violations have been the failure to use a seat belt, operating a commercial motor vehicle without a CDL, and not carrying a medical certificate.
Inspectors Will be Checking You for:
- Your age
- Commercial Driver’s license or operator’s/chauffeur’s license or permit
- Driver’s medical/physical requirements
- Sickness or fatigue
- Intoxicating beverages and drugs and other substances
- Driver’s record of duty status
The Vehicle Portion
The other category, the Vehicle Portion, will consist of inspecting the vehicle’s components to ensure everything is running smoothly. Such items that will be inspected are brake systems, cargo securement, driver’s seat, and suspension. Read below for a checklist of what components inspectors will be examining.
Vehicle Cheat Sheet for International Roadcheck 2020:
- Coupling Devices
- Fuel and Exhaust Systems
- Frame, Van, and Open-Top Trailers
- Securement of Cargo
- Tires, Wheels, Rims, and Hubs
If there are no critical violations found, a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle. This means you successfully passed the inspection, and you are able to continue driving! If you did not pass the inspection, you will have to correct all violations before you may drive again.
Why Does International Roadcheck Exist?
This event increases the importance of commercial motor vehicle safety. Not only are they making sure your vehicle is safe to drive, but they are also making sure you and other drivers around you are safe. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data, of the approximately 3.36 million inspections conducted in 2019, 952,938 driver violations were discovered, of which 199,722 were out-of-service conditions.
“Although the coronavirus pandemic, understandably, shifted priorities and personnel during the spring, the commercial motor vehicle law enforcement community has reasserted its focus on the roadside inspection program and enforcement duties,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “Jurisdictions are nearly back to their pre-pandemic capacity with a strengthened concentration on identifying and removing unfit vehicles and drivers from our roadways using federal safety standards and the out-of-service criteria.”
At US Cargo Control, We Care About Your Safety
We placed an importance on Operation Safe Driver Week and Brake Safety Week, and we want to place the same critical importance on International Roadcheck 2020. With COVID-19 creating changes, we want to ensure our truck drivers are safe and aware of these events.
With cargo securement being one of the items that will be inspected, we have tips on how to secure your cargo. Read the Dos and Don’ts on Load Securement to keep others and yourself safe.