The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck is set to happen again this year. It is a 72-hour marathon of inspections for commercial trucks and trailers in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Here is what this year will entail.
The theme for this year’s International Roadcheck is wheel ends. While this includes brakes, which were the most common vehicle out-of-service violation for the previous two years of International Roadchecks, it goes a lot further than that. Essentially, the wheel end is where the tire meets the truck/trailer, so many different issues there impact the ride such as stability and turning that originate at the wheel end. A video series from Michelin Truck Tires highlights some of the scary things that can happen when wheel ends are not up to standard.
The rest of the details for the event appear to be pretty standard: there are different levels of inspection ranging from a full-on 37-point inspection (called a Level One) to an electronic inspection (called a Level Eight).
Supply Shortage’s Effect on Safety
If a truck fails inspection for whatever reason, CVSA and law enforcement may play a vehicle out of service, making it unfit to drive until the violations are remedied.
The question is with current supply shortages running through the trucking industry, how long will a truck stay out of service? Lead times to get a brand-new truck exceed a year, so there is no doubt that fleets are letting their trucks age longer than they used to in these times.
If you plan to drive during the weekend of May 17th and know a truck part needs replacing, the best time to get that squared away is now. With everything becoming harder to get, having as much time as possible to get component replacements is imperative to passing inspections.
While these inspection marathons can be burdensome to drivers, they are a net positive for society. Too often we hear of stories about runaway trucks that have brake failures, and though we will never know how many lives have been saved from the thousands of vehicles put out of service each year, we know trucks only making the news if they break down and destroy is not a good disposition for the trucking industry.
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