The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck is set for May 4th through May 6th 2021. During this 72 hour period, inspectors throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles to highlight the importance of proactive maintenance and driver preparedness on the road. While this may sound intimidating to some, long-time truck drivers have grown accustomed to this annual ritual. We’ve pulled together some of the best tips we can find for making CVSA International Roadcheck as easy as possible for you this year.
First of all, there is no need to stress. The checks that happen during CVSA International Roadcheck are no different than the types of checks your drivers and trucks may encounter during the rest of the year. The only difference is that during this time frame, the frequency of inspections are increased and inspectors are collecting data on the types of violations they are finding to help better understand safety issues on the road.
This year, the inspections will focus on lighting and hours of service, areas that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration identified as two of the leading violations from 2020 inspections. Convoy wants to help carriers stay safe and prepared while on the road. Take a read through this list to make sure you are ready to go:
- Stay within your hours of service. Make staying compliant with hours of service even easier by using an ELD. ELDs, or Electronic Logging Devices, track your drivers’ hours of service and can provide a report to law enforcement when requested, saving them the hassle of logging their time on the road by hand. Carriers can use our exclusive 15% discount on KeepTruckin’s top-rated ELDs, which feature DOT Inspection Mode, as well as monthly subscription costs. Access your discount here.
- Stay ahead of maintenance issues. Preventative maintenance on your power units and trailers ensures peace of mind during roadchecks. Companies like Boss Preventative Maintenance can make it easy to resolve issues without large, unexpected costs. Save up to 20% on preventative maintenance through Convoy’s TruckYeah Savings program.
- Have your documents prepared. Ensure your documents are in order ahead of time, including valid drivers licenses, Medical Examiner’s Certificate, Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate (if applicable), driver’s record of duty status, hours of service log, and prior vehicle inspection report(s) (if applicable). Check out the CVSA’s inspection procedure sheet for additional information on the documents and steps to take to ensure your drivers and trucks are ready for the road.
Don’t forget to read the CVSA 2021 Flyer that dives deep into the 2021 areas of focus to ensure you and your drivers are prepared to hit the road. To all the drivers on the road safely keeping our country moving, we say thank you!
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