How to Prepare for the International Road Check
This year’s International Road Check takes place between May 17th and May 19th. Over the course of 72 hours commercial motor vehicles are stopped and inspected by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) alongside the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. So what does that mean for your business?
Transportation industry revenue should not be spent on violation tolls. So, mostly, your business should make every effort to successfully pass potential inspections. Inspections can take time better spent on freight. Set a goal to pass the CVSA’s Level One inspection for each of your vehicles.
2022 International Road Check Tips For Fleet Owners
A safety inspection by the CVSA does not have to be stressful. With a preventative maintenance schedule on your fleet, you should be set to pass 2022’s International Road Check.
This year’s focus for the Level One inspection is wheel ends. Just in case, especially for vehicles that are on the road long term, double-check that your wheel ends are in good working order. These support the heavy loads commercial vehicles carry, help maintain control, and keep braking safe.
During the international road check, violations involving wheel ends make up one-quarter of the total violations sent out. Before you get an inspection, you can increase your chances of success by to have your driver:
- Look for loose, broken, missing or damaged wheel fasteners and elongated stud holes.
- Inspect the hub for lubricant leaks, missing caps or plugs.
- Check for exposed fabric or cord.
- Release any debris between the tires.
Once your vehicles have successfully passed Level One inspections, you will receive a CVSA decal sticker to display on your vehicles. This sticker exempts those commercial vehicles from other Level One inspections for three months. It is still possible for those vehicles to get a Level Two or Level Three inspection, but those only involve walking around the truck and paperwork so they’re less time-consuming.
How Can Commercial Vehicle Renters on COOP Respond to International Road Check Week?
As a Renter, you should account for the International Road Check in your logistics. We screen Owners so that all the vehicles on COOP should be in good working condition. However, the CVSA will still potentially inspect your rental from May 17th - 19th. In addition to the above tips, here are a couple things your driver can do in response to the 2022 International Road Check inspection:
- Give extra time to get your loads to their destination on time. If you need to, request an extension with the vehicle’s Owner early so that you can ensure you can complete your lane.
- Make sure your drivers have access to all the paperwork. Since part of the inspections is to check your documents, your drivers should have their licenses in-order, and access your COOP reservation to access other agreement documentation.
We hope that from May 17-19th, you can get passing Level One checks quickly and get the wheels moving.