Inspection blitz next week: Are you ready?

Inspection efforts will be stepped up Tuesday through Thursday.

Roadcheck, the annual joint inspection blitz by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others is next week, Tuesday (June 2) through Thursday (June4).

Roughly 10,000 inspectors from state, local and federal enforcement agencies will  perform nearly 70,000 inspections on trucks and buses over the 72-hour period. They will be stationed at 1,500 inspection points around North America.

This year’s special emphasis will be cargo securement, though inspectors will still be primarily performing full 37-step Level I inspections — the most thorough inspection — throughout the week.

CVSA inspectors will:

  • Ask drivers for their license, endorsements, medical card and hours-of-service documentation
  • Check for seat belt usage
  • Check for use of alcohol and/or drugs.

They will also inspect the vehicle’s

  • braking system
  • coupling devices
  • exhaust system
  • frame
  • fuel system
  • lights
  • safe loading
  • steering mechanism
  • drive line
  • suspension
  • tires
  • van and open-top trailer bodies
  • wheels and rims
  • windshield wipers
  • emergency exits on buses.