The world’s “largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles” is set to kick off its annual International Roadcheck on June 6, and specifically focus on cargo securement.
The International Roadcheck is a program of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which includes the participation of the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).
Each year, the program focuses on a specific category of violations. This year, the CVSA has placed emphasis on cargo securement to highlight safety requirements.
Over a 72-hour-period from June 6 to 8, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection. It consists of a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness.
According to the CVSA, “drivers are required to provide items such as their driver’s license, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation, and inspectors will be checking drivers for seat belt usage and the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
“The vehicle inspection includes checking items, such as the brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices (required lamps), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers, and emergency exits (on buses).”
During the 72-hour period of the International Roadcheck, nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
For OWMA members looking for guidance on cargo securement of open-top containers, download our Bin Safety Guideline.