What To Expect From The Annual Road Checks For Truckers

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Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducts an annual inspection blitz called the International Roadcheck. This event is a three-day period where inspectors across North America will conduct tens of thousands of inspections on commercial vehicles and their drivers. The inspections this year will take place from May 4-6 and involve a thorough examination of vehicles and drivers to ensure that they meet the required safety standards.

The inspections usually focus on areas that have a high probability of causing accidents such as the brakes, tires, and lights. These checks are intended to keep truckers and other road users safe by identifying faulty equipment and unsafe driving practices.

In this article, we’ll provide an overview of what truckers can expect during the annual International Roadcheck inspection and steps they can take to prepare.

Inspection Levels

The inspections can comprise of three different levels based on the resources available and the time needed to inspect the vehicle properly. The levels are as follows:

-Level I: The most comprehensive level of inspection, this includes both vehicle and driver inspections. The inspector will conduct a comprehensive walkthrough of the vehicle, including inspection of tires, brakes, lights, steering wheel, fuel system, and exhaust system. At the same time, the inspector will look at the driver’s documentation such as their logs, license, medical examiner’s certificate, and any recent violations. This level is the most common level of inspection.

-Level II: This inspection focuses only on the driver. The inspector will examine the driver’s documentation and conduct a brief walk-through of the commercial vehicle.

-Level III: This inspection revolves around the vehicle inspection. The inspector will focus on a particular aspect of the commercial vehicle, such as brakes, tires, or lighting systems.

Preparing For Inspection

While inspections can occur at any time; the annual International Roadcheck is a high-profile event that truck drivers should prepare for. Preparing for the inspection can help save time and money by identifying and fixing problems before the inspection occurs.

The bulk of the inspection will focus on your commercial vehicle, so it’s crucial to ensure it is in good condition. Some quick checks that you can do on your own include:

– Ensure all the lights are working correctly

– Check your mirrors for cracks

– Ensure your tires are inflated correctly and have sufficient tread

– Check brakes to ensure they are working correctly

– Ensure cargo is properly secured

Any maintenance issues should be addressed before the inspection. Failure to fix equipment faults is not only illegal but also endangers lives and can attract hefty fines.

Beyond vehicle inspections, truckers must also make sure that their records and paperwork are up-to-date. Some essential documents that you should have with you during inspection include:

– Your logbook, which should be up-to-date and accurate

– Your commercial driver’s license and medical examiner’s certificate

– Truck registration, insurance papers, and any other required permits you have

– Bills of lading and any receipts of delivery

It’s worth noting that the International Roadcheck, like all vehicle inspection programs, aims to ensure that all drivers operate safely and legally. By having all of your paperwork in order and ensuring your vehicle is in good working order, you stand a better chance of receiving a clean inspection.

Consequences of Failing Inspection

Failing an inspection can result in serious consequences, most of which are avoidable with proper preparation. A failed inspection may lead to:

– Fines and penalties: This can range from minor fines to hefty penalties that can affect your income and reputation.

– Lost driving time: Vehicles that fail an inspection may need to be pulled out of the service, causing delays that may impact delivery time.

– Vehicle and equipment impounding: Depending on the severity of the faults found, the inspector may need to impound the vehicle to prevent further damage or injury.

– Reduced trustworthiness: A failed inspection may raise doubts about your safety practices, possibly leading to reduced trust and lower job opportunities.


While inspections may cause inconvenience, they exist to ensure the safety of truck drivers and other road users. By preparing for the annual International Roadcheck inspection, truckers can make sure that they are compliant with regulations and avoid any unwanted consequences. Proper preparation includes ensuring both the vehicle and paperwork are in order, making any necessary maintenance or repairs, and familiarizing yourself with common inspection issues.

Remember, safety always comes first, and a clean inspection is a testament to your commitment to safe driving practices.

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