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CVSA International Roadcheck 2021 to focus on HOS and lighting
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April 30, 2021

The 2021 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck, scheduled for May 4-6, is quickly approaching. As a truck driver, it is your responsibility to be prepared if you are stopped by an inspector during this 72-hour period.

What is the CVSA International Roadcheck?

During the 72-hour period of the Roadcheck, commercial motor vehicle inspectors will be conducting inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

In most cases, inspectors will conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which focuses on confirming the following are in proper working order on a driver’s truck:

  • 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 and hubs.
  • Windshield wipers.

If violations are found, the vehicle will be placed out of service, which means it cannot be operated until the identified out-of-service conditions have been corrected. Or if a driver violation is found, the driver will be placed out of service.

2021 focus: Hours of service and lighting

Each year, inspectors focus on two main inspection categories to capture and report data on: one related to driver operating requirements and one related to vehicle mechanical fitness.

Focus 1: Hours of service

This year’s driver-focus is Hours of Service. During last year’s Roadcheck, the top driver out-of-service violation category in North America was hours of service, accounting for 35% of all driver out-of-service conditions.

The best thing you can do to prepare is to brush up on your hours of service knowledge, comply with time logging requirements and follow all Hours of Service rules. Make sure you:

  • Have at least eight days of blank paper logs.
  • Know where your visor cards and user manual for your ELD (hard or electronic copy) are located in your truck.
  • Have your ELD device mounted and visible from the driver’s seat.
  • Certify your logs daily.
  • Fill out load/shipment information and equipment details on your log.

Focus 2: Lighting

When it comes to the vehicle-focus, inspectors will be concentrating on lighting. In 2020, the top vehicle violation was the lighting violation, “lamps inoperable,” accounting for about 12% of all vehicle violations and 4.4% of all out-of-service vehicle inspections.

Inspectors will be checking the following for proper color, operation, mounting and visibility:

  • Headlamps.
  • Tail lamps.
  • Clearance lamps.
  • Identification lamps.
  • License plate and side marker lamps.
  • Stop lamps.
  • Turn signals.
  • Lamps on projecting loads.
  • Reflectors.
  • Retroreflective sheeting.

Avoid receiving a violation by doing a thorough pre-trip inspection before starting your day. Make sure all lights and turn signals on your truck are operative, properly mounted and not obscured.

What items you should have ready

Be prepared if approached by a CVSA inspector by having the following ready:

  • Commercials Driver’s License (CDL).
  • Medical Examiner’s Certificate/Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate (if applicable).
  • Up-to-date permits, registration and insurance.
  • Driver’s record of duty status (blank paper logs).
  • Your in-cab device instruction/visor card.
  • IFTA (International Fuel Tax Agreement) sticker.

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