Get ready for International Roadcheck in May

It’s spring, which means it’s time for International Roadcheck. This event impacts thousands of professional truck drivers every year, so whether you are new to trucking or have millions of miles under your belt, it’s good to know what’s ahead.

Here’s a handy Q & A to get you up to speed:

What is International Roadcheck?
It’s a 72-hour event where commercial motor vehicle (CMV) inspectors conduct high-visibility, high-volume inspections. The event is coordinated by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) with support from local, state and federal law enforcement and other organizations.

When is this year’s event?
International Roadcheck will be held from Tuesday, May 16 through Thursday, May 18, 2023.

What are the chances that I’ll be stopped?
Your chances of being stopped during Roadcheck are much higher than usual – in fact, CVSA inspectors will be inspecting nearly 15 trucks or buses every minute during the event.

If I am stopped, who will do my inspection?
It will by a CVSA-certified inspector. Most local, state and national law enforcement officers hold this certification. They conduct inspections with support from federal offices in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Where will the International Roadcheck inspections be conducted?
International Roadcheck inspections can happen just about anywhere. Inspections will be conducted at weigh stations, inspection stations, at designated inspection areas and along roadways.

So you should be prepared for an inspection anytime during the 72-hour event!

What are Roadcheck inspectors focusing on in 2023?
This year, International Roadcheck inspectors are focusing on anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and cargo securement.

ABS violations won’t put a driver out-of-service. Why focus on them?
While it’s true that ABS violations won’t put you out of service, these braking systems play a critical role in reducing your risk of accidents. When functioning properly, ABS systems prevent your wheels from locking up or skidding, which means you maintain better control of the vehicle while breaking.

Checking cargo securement makes a lot of sense. Are inspectors looking for anything specific?
Inspectors will be checking to make sure that loads are well-secured with appropriate tarps, chains, straps and other securement gear.

While there will obviously be a big focus on flatbed loads, you should be prepared for van and refrigerated inspections, too. Inspectors may ask you to open your trailer doors to confirm that your load bars and logistic straps are in place.

Are you a Halvor Lines driver looking for a load securement skills refresher? We offer securement refresher sessions every Friday. They alternate between our Superior and Rosemount terminals. Reach out to Michael Cooper to learn more.

When it comes to a Roadcheck inspection, should I be ready for anything else?
Yes! While there is a focus on ABS and cargo securement, the inspector will make a thorough inspection of your vehicle. If you’re doing your daily pre-trip inspections, and addressing any maintenance or safety issues, you should make it through the inspection without much issue.

The inspector will also want some information about you. Expect to show your driver’s license, hours of service (HOS) documentation, and any other information the inspector asks for. You will also be observed for drug or alcohol impairment and the inspector will check your status in the drug and alcohol clearinghouse.

Why does the CVSA conduct these annual inspections?
Data collected from Roadcheck is a snapshot of the state of commercial motor vehicle and driver safety. The CVSA uses it to educate drivers and the public about the state of commercial vehicle safety and the importance of inspections and regular maintenance to public safety.

What can I do to be ready?
First – do a thorough pre-trip inspection every day you’re on the road. Every. Single. Day.

Daily pre-trip inspections are the absolute best way to spot potential safety issues with your truck or trailer – tire problems, burned-out taillights, worn hoses – and address them before they become an issue with an inspector or (worse yet) lead to an accident.

Chances are good you know what to cover in a pre-trip inspection. If not, reach out to your employer for a refresher. If you are a Halvor Lines driver or an owner operator who contracts with us, we can put you in touch with someone who can give you a quick refresher.

If you’re a recent Halvor Gold CDL Training program graduate, we know you’ve been recently trained in the finer trips of pre-trip inspections – but questions always come up, so feel free to reach out to your instructors or your trainer.

I found something that could be a violation. What do I do?
If you find something is worn or not working on your truck or trailer, contact one of our shops or our Road Service crew right away! These folks will know if you can wait until you’re back at one of our shops or if you will need assistance out on the road. And we’re here 24/7, so call us when you need us!

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