Inspection of steering and suspension on June 4-6

Inspection of steering and suspension on June 4-6

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual International Roadcheck inspection will take place on June 4-6. That leaves more than 8 weeks to prepare for you to make sure your truck’s steering and suspension components are maintained properly and in good working order. Those components will be the main focus of the inspector’s blitz.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is highlighting this year’s steering components and suspension system, even though checking vehicle compliance was always part of the North American Standard Inspection Program.

What is the North American Standard Level I inspection?

The North American Standard Level I inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness will be concluded during International Roadcheck.

The CVSA-certified inspectors may also opt to conduct Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection.

A CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle if no critical vehicle inspection item violations are found during a Level I or Level V inspection. That would indicate the fact that the vehicle successfully passed a decal-eligible inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified inspector.

What does vehicle inspection include?

According to CVSA, on average, about 17 trucks and buses are inspected every minute in Canada, the United States, and Mexico during a 72-hour period. Critical inspection items are being included in the vehicle inspection.

That mainly refers to the brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, (lack of) driver’s seat, exhaust systems, driveline or driveshaft, fuel systems, frames, lighting devices (e.g. tail lamps and stop lamps), steering mechanisms, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, as well as windshield wipers, wheels, rims and hubs.

The inspection will also include additional items on buses, motorcoaches, passenger vans or other passenger-carrying vehicles, such as emergency exits, electrical cables, and systems in the battery and engine compartments, as well as temporary and aisle seats.

What will drivers need to provide?

Driver’s license including operating credential, Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate will be required for drivers to provide. Also, drivers will need to provide a record of their duty status and vehicle inspection reports. The CVSA-certified inspectors are also going to check drivers for seat belt usage, sickness, fatigue, and apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.

What happens if a violation of the standards occurs?

A vehicle will be rendered out of service if the vehicle inspection identifies critical item violations. In that case, an inspector may render the vehicle out of service since it has not met the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria.

If a violation of the standards occurs, the vehicle cannot be operated until the vehicle violations are corrected. Fatigue or impairment, or any other driver conditions or driver credential-related issues can be used to place drivers out of service.

The top three vehicle out-of-service violations issued during the 2018’s Roadcheck were brakes, tires and wheels, and brake adjustment. On the other hand, hours of service, wrong class license and false logs were the top driver out-of-service violations. Last year, The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual International Roadcheck inspection sidelined nearly 12,000 trucks and buses as well as 2,600 drivers with out-of-service orders.

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