You might have heard of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 72 hour inspection taking place June 4 – June 6. This international inspection has the ability to place vehicles out of service if the requirements for the safety check are not met. If you are a driver, be prepared for the full 37 point North American Standard Level I Inspection that is happening now. The CVSA created a cheat sheet for drivers to be able to have a smooth and quick roadside check to continue on with their travels.
What Should I Check for in My Vehicle Prior to the Roadside Inspection?
Begin by checking your brake system for any loose or damaged parts that may be in use and be sure of inspecting the breakaway system. This system is vitally important when driving commercial trucks in case of an emergency. The coupling devices must be strong enough for secure attachments without any broken or missing pieces. The lower fifth wheel and upper fifth wheel play a major role in these inspections. The wheels can show the inspectors if there is any damage to the plates that bear the weight or if there are issues with engagement of any mechanisms.
The fuel and exhaust systems are more straightforward than the rest. Be sure to check for leaks, missing caps, and signs of fuel under the tank that could be hazardous. Regarding the exhaust system, check that it is far from making contact with electrical wires or hoses. Large amounts of carbon deposits around seams or clamps should be disposed of as it can be dangerous for the driver and the commercial vehicle. For frames, vans, and open-top trailers, look at the condition of the body parts for cracked, missing, or ineffective parts.
Lighting, steering, and suspension are inspections that you want to check prior to the CVSA roadside inspection, as well. You want to make sure that your lights have the correct color and can operate properly in all conditions. Check your steering by turning the steering wheel then checking the tires to be sure they pivot in both directions. The suspension must be aligned without any damages or cracks to pass the CVSA inspection.
Lastly, you want to review the tires, wheels, rims, hubs, and the securement of cargo before you are inspected. The load you carry must be safe. If it is visible, it must have proper blocking and bracing in case of an accident. The cargo should have the correct numbers, conditions, and sizes as well depending on the commercial vehicle that is being driven. Regarding the tires, there should be the right amount of inflation with no cuts or bulges. The wheels and rims should not have cracks or damages and should be checked for missing caps or misalignment.
If you have ever been stopped by an inspection officer during a road check and have found yourself out of service, we can help. If you would like to fight your ticket, call our office and we can help your specific situation. We are happy to assist you in any way that we can.