Everything you need to know about International Roadcheck 2021

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has officially set the dates for its annual International Roadcheck.

This year’s blitz will take place between May 4-6, and will specifically highlight drivers’ hours of service and vehicle lighting. 

Additionally, Inspectors will ensure the vehicle’s brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, driver’s seat, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims, hubs, and windshield wipers are compliant with regulations.

Inspectors will also check operating credentials, hours-of-service documentation, seat belt usage, and alcohol and/or drug impairment. 

As per usual with this blitz, if violations are found, vehicles/drivers will be placed out of service, meaning that drivers and their vehicles cannot operate until the issue is resolved.

In last year’s International Roadcheck, about 21 percent of vehicles inspected were placed out of service. Lighting violations were the primary vehicle violation in 2020, accounting for about 12 percent of vehicles that were inspected, while hours of service made up 34 percent of driver violations.

According to the CVSA, inspectors will take extra precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “As was the case last year, in consideration of COVID-19, law enforcement personnel will conduct inspections following their departments’ health and safety protocols during the 2021 International Roadcheck.”

As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be rolled out throughout the country, the CVSA will make efforts to get vaccine shipments to their destination as quickly and safely as possible. Because of this, vaccine shipments will not be held for inspection, unless there is an obvious serious violation that is an imminent hazard. 

Lastly, once an inspection was successfully concluded without a violation, drivers will receive a CVSA decal. Per the CVSA, vehicles with the decal are generally not reinspected during the three-month period during which the decal is valid.