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Get ready for CVSA roadcheck focus on tractor protection and substance rules

As the International Roadcheck 2024 approaches on May 14-16, truckers should prepare for the driver component of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspections. The focus of this year's checks will be on tractor protection systems and rules about alcohol and substance handling.

Here's what truckers can expect:

  • Seat belt inspections and ensuring all on board, including co-drivers, are buckled up.
  • Checks for signs of driver illness, fatigue, or impairment.
  • No unauthorized passengers or possession of illegal substances allowed.
  • Verification of the driver’s medical certificate and any exemptions.
  • Inspectors may also check the accuracy of electronic logging devices and ask drivers to demonstrate how they work.
  • The driver's license will be examined for its validity and any relevant endorsements or restrictions.
  • In the U.S., the inspector will query the FMCSA's Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

Any found noncompliance during these inspections can lead to vehicles being taken out of service, resulting in downtime for drivers. It's crucial for drivers to be prepared, knowledgeable about their equipment, and have their documentation in order, especially during this period. Truckers can find more information on CVSA inspection procedures here.

Lastly, the vehicle portion of the inspection will examine areas like brake systems, cargo securement, and HM/DG requirements to ensure safety on the roads. Truckers play a vital role in keeping commerce moving smoothly and safely across North America, and thorough inspections are one way to help maintain industry standards.

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