Commercial Vehicle Inspectors Conduct Safety Inspections during 28th Annual International Roadcheck

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June 2-4, inspectors throughout North America will inspect large trucks and buses as part of the International Roadcheck annual three-day enforcement event

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute across North America.

Inspectors are conducting driver and vehicle safety inspections on large trucks and buses day and night during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 72-hour International Roadcheck, June 2-4, 2015. Inspectors are checking commercial motor vehicles and their drivers at inspection sites and roving patrols along major highways across North America.

CVSA is holding an event to kick off the 28th annual International Roadcheck on June 2, 2015, near the Washington-Idaho state border at 10:00 am (Pacific). The kickoff event includes speakers from CVSA, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Idaho State Police, Washington State Patrol, Florida Highway Patrol and Washington Trucking Associations.

“International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute across North America,” said CVSA President Maj. William Reese with the Idaho State Police. “This annual three-day enforcement and awareness event shines a spotlight on the important work done every day by approximately 13,000 CVSA-certified inspectors at thousands of locations across North America to keep our roads safe by performing large truck and bus inspections.”

During International Roadcheck, inspectors are primarily conducting North American Standard Level I Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both the driver and vehicle. Drivers will be asked to provide items such as their license, endorsements and hours-of-service documentation, and will be checked for seat belt usage. Inspectors will also be attentive to any apparent impairment by alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the braking system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, drive line, lights, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, and windshield wipers, in addition to emergency exits on buses.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The special emphasis for International Roadcheck 2015 is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe loading regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo safety as a reminder to drivers and carriers. The proper loading and securing of cargo on vehicles is a matter of public safety. For many types of loads, particularly those that are not sealed or otherwise inaccessible to the driver, regulations require the driver to stop within the first several miles of a trip and recheck the tie-downs and other load-securing equipment.

"We take load securement very seriously, and will have every available inspector participating in this program," said Washington State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste. "The trucking industry in Washington has an excellent safety record. Roadcheck supports good operators by bringing accountability to those few bad operators who put the rest of us at risk."

Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck have numbered over 1.4 million, resulting in an estimated 318 lives saved and 5,840 injuries avoided. It also provides an opportunity to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the North American Standard inspection program. International Roadcheck is sponsored by CVSA, North America’s leading commercial vehicle safety enforcement organization, with participation by FMCSA, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.

“Safety is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s number one priority,” said FMCSA Chief Counsel Scott Darling. “We thank CVSA and the many members of law enforcement who protect the public’s safety on our nation’s roadways every day. We also appreciate those participating in Roadcheck because it reinforces and advances our shared objective for every trip to be a safe one.”

To learn more about International Roadcheck, visit http://www.cvsa.org/programs/int_roadcheck.

About the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Our mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals: uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more information, visit http://www.cvsa.org.

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