CVSA Roadcheck 2019: Everything drivers need to know

By Roger Halbach May 29, 2019
CVSA Roadcheck 2019

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck 2019 is coming soon, so it’s important for drivers to be ready for the annual three-day event.

CVSA Roadcheck 2019 dates

The next CVSA Roadcheck will take place June 4-6, 2019.

Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers.

Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in the world, with approximately 17 trucks and buses inspected, on average, every minute.

Did you know? During Roadcheck 2018 — with Hours of Service compliance focus — nearly 12,000 trucks were inspected industry-wide, with over 2,600 drivers ordered out-of-service.

2019 focus: Steering and suspension

CVSA Roadcheck 2019

Each year features a special emphasis on a category of violations. For 2019 CVSA Roadcheck, the focus is steering and suspension systems, which perform critical functions, including:

  • Maintaining stability and control under acceleration and braking, keeping the vehicle safely on the road
  • Keeping tires in alignment, which reduces the chances of uneven tire wear and possible tire failure
  • Maximizing the contact between the tires and the road to provide steering stability and good handling

20 steering and suspension items to be aware of

According to the CVSA, inspectors will check the following:

Steering mechanism components:

  1. Steering wheel lash (free play)
  2. Steering column and shaft
  3. Front axle beam (including hub)
  4. Steering gear box (rack and pinion, if applicable)
  5. Pitman arm and output shaft
  6. Upper and lower steering arms
  7. Power steering reservoir
  8. Ball and socket joints
  9. Tie rods and drag links
  10. Steering nuts

Suspension components:

  1. Axle parts/members
  2. Spring hangers
  3. Leaf spring assembly
  4. Coil/rubber spring and air suspension
  5. Composite springs
  6. Torsion bar suspension
  7. Suspension connecting rods and bushings
  8. Other tracking components
  9. Sway bar components
  10. Adjustable axle(s) (locking pins, body rails, slider guides)

Read more of the CVSA’s official 2019 Roadcheck guidance, which includes insight on identifying issues with steering and suspension.

What to expect if you’re inspected during 2019 Roadcheck

CVSA Roadcheck 2019 DOT inspector

During Roadcheck, CVSA-certified inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.

Inspectors may also opt to conduct one of the following:

  • Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle
  • Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative
  • Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection

Learn more about all CVSA inspection levels >>

A closer look at a Standard Level I Inspection

CVSA Roadcheck 2019

The Level I vehicle inspection includes checking these critical inspection items:

  • Brake systems
  • Cargo securement – 2017 focus area and tips
  • Coupling devices
  • Driveline/driveshaft
  • Exhaust systems
  • Frames
  • Fuel systems
  • Lighting devices
  • Steering mechanisms – 2019 focus area (see above)
  • Suspensions – 2019 focus area (see above)
  • Tires – 2016 focus area and tips
  • Van and open-top trailer bodies
  • Wheels, rims, hubs
  • Windshield wipers

If everything checks out during your thorough pre-trip inspection, you can drive with confidence during Roadcheck 2019.

6 items drivers need to have ready for CVSA Roadcheck

Truck drivers will be required to provide the following items to a CVSA inspector:

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

Remember, Schneider drivers have a grandfathered AOBRD, not an ELD (Electronic Logging Device).

As always, inspectors will also check drivers for seat belt usage, sickness, fatigue and apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.

Here’s to a successful CVSA Roadcheck 2019!

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About the Author

Roger Halbach IMG

Roger joined Schneider in July 2010 as part of Intermodal’s Rail Specialist team. His experience at Schneider also includes working as a Business Owner Advisor and Area Planning Manager in Intermodal, and as a Driver Business Leader within Dedicated. In 2018, he transitioned to Schneider’s Regulatory department and assumed the role of Compliance Analyst accountable for Schneider’s CSA scores, Roadside Inspections and the three-year accident registry.

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