It's almost that time of the year again. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual roadside inspection blitz is on the calendar for June 2-4.
CVSA's blitz is the largest targeted enforcement program worldwide that focuses on commercial motor vehicles. During this 3-day window, 17 trucks and buses will be inspected every minute across North America.
Every year, CVSA places a special emphasis on a particular category of violations. Last year's emphasis was on hazardous material, and this year, the area of main emphasis is cargo securement.
Cargo securement is a key element of safety, and should be included in every driver's pre-trip inspection. For some types of loads, federal regulations require the driver to stop within the first several miles of a trip and recheck the tie downs and load securement equipment.
Flatbed and hazmat carriers need to pay extra attention to their load securement, as this is the "hot-button" for inspectors this year. Take extra time to make sure your load is secured properly before you start out on your trip and (if feasible) check it regularly throughout your trip.
Have question? Here's a link to FMCSA's rules on load securement:
The checks primarily will include North American Standard Level 1 inspections — the most thorough inspections of a truck driver and vehicle.
According to CVSA, drivers will be asked to provide their license, endorsements, medical card, and hours of service documentation. Drivers also will be checked for seat belt usage and for use of alcohol and controlled substances.
The vehicle inspection will include a check of the:
Here are some best practices to make sure your drivers' truck inspections go as smoothly as possible:
All inspection violations become part of the CSA / SMS record.
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