CVSA Roadcheck 2013 – Are Your Truckers Set for a Roadside Inspection?

It’s nearly that time of year again. Yep, CVSA Roadcheck 2013 is almost upon us. Are you ready?

10,000 inspectors across North America will be aggressively checking out vehicles and drivers June 4-6. If that has you on edge, remember—this could be a great opportunity; you just need to take advantage of it.

If you’re pulled over for a roadside inspection during CVSA Roadcheck 2013, will you pass with flying colors?

Improving CSA scores with CVSA Roadcheck 2013

See, your scores are based on the number of inspections your fleet has undergone, and the number of violations you’ve received on those inspections.

So, as you rack up violation-free inspections, your CSA scores will improve.

And for those small carriers and owner/operators who haven’t been inspected enough to get a score?

Roadcheck presents the best inspection opportunity you’ll get all year. If you nail it, you’ll be one step closer to a solid CSA score…and proving to contracting carriers and third party logistics companies that you’re a great hire.

2012 Roadcheck results

Last year was CVSA’s 25th annual Roadcheck. And check intensively, they did.

Over the course of those 72 hours, local, state, provincial, and federal inspectors pulled over 74,072 trucks for inspection. 48,815 of those inspections were North American Standard Level 1s.

When the dust settled, 20.9% of those vehicles were placed Out-of-Service (OOS) for mechanical issues and 4.6% of drivers had violated safety regulations and were likewise placed OOS.

Surviving CVSA Roadcheck 2013

Inspectors will be out en force come June 4th, so now is the time to set yourself up for success.

(Oh, and motor coach operators? Know you’ve got a target on your back.)


Motor coach operators will be under more intense scrutiny during CVSA Roadcheck 2013.

Cross your HOS “T”s and dot your vehicle inspection “I”s
Are you complying with Hours of Service and vehicle regulation rules? Inspectors will be paying close attention.

So, before you climb behind the wheel on June 4th, make sure your records are in order. Have your signed all of your logs? Have you double-checked your math? Those sloppy mistakes can cost you big time. Fix ‘em now.

(Of course, if you’re running e-logs, then you’re already set.)

Now, for your truck and trailer. Have you given them a thorough once over? Granted, you should be doing this before you start your day, every day, but really slow down and take your time right now.

With one out of every five trucks inspected pulled off the road last year, this is obviously an area that requires more attention.


Dispatchers, do your part
Have you given your drivers plenty of time to complete their deliveries? Will they have enough time to find a safe, legal place to park?

The roads will be crawling with inspectors, so do your part to make sure the drivers you’re responsible for can get to their destinations within their available hours.


Drive safely
This goes without saying, but make sure you’re buckled up, you’re traveling within the speed limit, and you’re allowing for plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.

There will be lots of eyes watching during Roadcheck.


Is your paperwork in order?
Are the permits you need for your loads onboard? Double check.

And don’t forget to make sure your medical certificate, CDL, and any other driver certifications are at your finger tips.


Keep in touch
If ever there was a time to keep in close touch with your home office, it’s now.

If you run into any inspection issues, make sure you’re in contact with your carrier ASAP. The sooner you get everyone on the same page, the better.

Looking for more inspection tips?

Take a look at the Alliance’s checklist for tips on breezing through your CVSA Roadcheck 2013 inspection.

Good luck out there, X Nation. If you’re inspected, please check back and let us know how it went!