The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will occur from September 9-11, having been postponed from the original March date due to Covid-19. CVSA was able to successfully run Safe Driver Week in July and Brake Safety Week in August, so they should have no problem with this. International Roadcheck is a 72-hour high-volume, high-visibility inspection, and enforcement initiative when CVSA certified inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the US conduct commercial motor vehicle and driver inspections at weigh or inspection stations, designated fixed locations, or as part of roving mobile patrols. The North American out of service criteria will be used to identify critical inspection item violations.
The focus this year is on the driver requirements component of a roadside inspection. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA), of the over 3 million inspections conducted in 2019, 952,938 driver violations were discovered, of which 199,722 were out-of-service conditions.
Though slightly different based on country, primarily, CVSA certified inspectors conduct the Standard North American Level 1 Inspection, a 37 step procedure broken up in an examination of driver operating requirements as well as vehicle fitness. Critical violations of either the driver or vehicle component may result in an out of service violation.
For commercial drivers that run between New York and Canada, this is the second enforcement blitz conducted after Trusted Traveler Programs have been restored for New York State licensed drivers. There are around 30,000 commercial truck drivers are enrolled in FAST at four New York-Canada ports of entry.
This is one of the first major CVSA blitzes to be conducted after the ratification of the USMCA trade deal.
This is done with participation by FMCSA, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Ministry of Communications and Transportation) of Mexico.