The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced that the annual International Roadcheck 2017 will be held June 6-8.

Are you prepared?

The CVSA Annual Roadcheck is a 72-hour event in which nearly 17 vehicles are inspected every minute. In this blog post, we help you get ready for the CVSA 2017 Roadcheck inspection. Precisely, we will discuss:

  • What is the CVSA International Roadcheck program?
  • What happened in 2016
  • CVSA’s special focus for 2017
  • The 5 most common violations you need to be aware of
  • 4 tips to pass the CVSA International Roadcheck 2017

What is the CVSA International Roadcheck program?

CVSA’s International Roadcheck is an annual inspection program that spreads across a 72-hour period. During this period, inspectors conduct an increased amount of commercial vehicle inspections. In fact, as per the data shared by CVSA, approximately 17 vehicles are inspected every minute in the 72-hour period.

Although inspectors primarily conduct level-1 inspections, each year CVSA puts extra emphasis on specific aspects to raise awareness. In 2016, the special focus was on tires. Here are some interesting results from the CVSA Roadcheck 2016 that will highlight the importance of getting prepared.

  • 62,796 inspections were carried out during the 72-hour period.
  • Approximately 62% (42,336 inspections) were level-1 inspections.
  • As a result of those level-1 inspections, 21.5% of vehicles and 3.4% of drivers were placed out of service.

What’s the focus of International Roadcheck 2017?

This year, in 2017, the special focus will be on cargo securement. Although cargo securement has always been an important part of these roadside inspections, CVSA is going to highlight it this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.

Roadside inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level-1 inspection. For those who don’t know, the North American Standard Level-1 inspection is a 37-step procedure that includes driver inspection and vehicle fitness. It is generally considered the most thorough inspection.

During the inspection, drivers may have to provide the following:

  • Driving license
  • Hours-of-Service documentation
  • Shipping documentation
  • Motor carrier registration
  • Medical examiner’s certificate
  • Hazardous material paperwork

Additionally, inspectors will also check drivers for seat belt usage and influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

On the other hand, vehicle inspections will include:

  • Brakes
  • Coupling devices
  • Driveline/driveshaft
  • Frames
  • Fuel systems
  • Lighting devices
  • Exhaust systems
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Suspensions
  • Tires
  • Wheels
  • Rims and hubs
  • Windshield wipers
  • Emergency exits on buses

And of course, cargo securement. Which is going to be the special focus this year.

5 most common cargo securement violations

Here are the 5 most common cargo securement violations. Once you know what most people are fined for, you will be in a much better position to avoid those mistakes and successfully pass the inspections.

  • Loss of load or failure to prevent shifting
  • Failure to secure truck equipment, e.g., spare tires, tailgates, etc.
  • Damaged tie-downs
  • Insufficient tie-downs
  • Loose tie-downs

At Motive, we recently analyzed FMCSA inspection data and found some interesting insights. For instance, we found that the possibility of a level-1 inspection greatly depends on the type of cargo that drivers carry.

As inspectors will primarily conduct the level-1 inspection during the CVSA Roadcheck 2017 — and cargo securement would be the major highlight this year — we believe you’d find this data useful.

Here are the top 5 cargo types that get the most level-1 inspections.

  1. Driveway/towaway (44.8%)
  2. Fresh produce (41.35%)
  3. Chemicals (39.8%)
  4. Household goods (36.03%)
  5. General freight (35.77%)

Following is the complete list of cargo types and their respective shares of level-1 inspections.

4 tips to pass the CVSA Roadcheck 2017

So how can you prepare and make sure you pass the inspection blitz? Here are four tips that will help you with it.

  1. Keep documents updated and available

As mentioned earlier, drivers may have to provide a few documents during inspections. Make sure that all those documents are updated and readily available.

Additionally, drivers should put all these documents into a folder and have them properly organized. It makes drivers look professional and organized. Which often increases the chances of a quick and successful inspection.

  1. Know the cargo securement regulations

As cargo securement is going to be the highlight from June 6 to June 8, it is a good idea to go through the regulations once again. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outlines the U.S. cargo securement rules. All the regulations are easily available on the FMCSA website.

For Canadian cargo securement regulations, click here.

  1. Properly secure loads and equipment

The cargo securement regulations apply not only to the items carried for delivery, but they also apply to anything else on or in the truck. This includes tools and equipment that must be properly secured. For instance:

  • Shovels
  • Blocks
  • Spare tires
  • Chains
  1. Inspection for wear and damage

According to the regulations, tie-downs should be properly attached and secured so that they don’t open or become loose while the vehicle is in transit. But the problem is that tie-downs wear and get damaged over time.

When preparing for the CVSA Roadcheck 2017, make sure to inspect tie-downs for any damage or wear and tear. If they are worn down, remove and replace them. As three of the five most common cargo securement violations are related to tie-downs, this aspect requires extra attention.


Thousands of commercial vehicles will be inspected from June 6 to June 8, 2017. It is up to you to make sure that you are fully prepared for the CVSA International Roadcheck 2017.

As mentioned earlier in this post, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level-1 inspection, which is a 37-step procedure that includes driver fitness and vehicle fitness. But the special focus this year would be on cargo securement. So make sure to follow the tips highlighted in this post. Go through the regulations once again. And be prepared for the upcoming inspection blitz.

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