International Roadcheck is Coming: Here’s What You Need to Know
What is the International Roadcheck Inspection?
This June, over 10,000 CVSA-certified and FMCSA-authorized inspectors will be stationed at 1,500 roadside inspection sites across the United States and Canada to conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives. This is known as the annual International Roadcheck, and is a three day, highly visible safety check for commercial vehicles.
In 2019, the International Roadcheck will occur from Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6.
What does the inspection involve?
The International Roadcheck is a “North American Standard Level I Inspection,” which means you can expect an inspector to:
• Check critical inspection items such as brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, driver’s seat (missing), exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices (headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, turn signals and lamps/flags on projecting loads), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers.
• Check your driver’s license, applicable certificates, record of duty, and vehicle inspection reports
• Check the driver for seat belts, fatigue, and drug or alcohol use
How should I prepare for the inspection?
If you feel overwhelmed at the shear depth of inspections taking place this June, don’t worry: we got you covered. The 2019 International Roadcheck will focus on steering and suspension, so pay special attention to those mechanisms in your truck. Inspectors will check for:
• Missing or worn components
• Air suspension issues
• Power steering issues or steering wheel lash
• Loose or poorly secured components
You should also make sure to know where your driver’s license and documents are beforehand, so it’s best to keep everything handy in an easy-to-access part of your truck. Secondly, it’s important to know if you’re using an ELD or an AOBRD in your vehicle, so check with your fleet manager to know which system you’re using.
Finally, remember that although International Roadcheck is a large inspection that spans two countries, it’s not the only inspection in the year. Regardless of the day, always make sure to do pre-trip checks and practice safe driving habits for a safer road and a happier driving experience.