Nearly 23% of trucks or drivers faced penalties during Roadcheck 2022. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will conduct Roadcheck 2023 across Canada, Mexico and the United States, including Georgia. While last year’s event focused on wheel ends, the focus of this year’s event, scheduled to occur from May 16 to 18, will be on anti-lock braking systems and cargo securement. Inspections at roadside locations and inspection stations in 2022 uncovered many violations.
While semis are not required to have anti-lock braking systems, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says they can be crucial in helping to prevent truck accidents. These systems help semis, buses and other commercial motor vehicles to avoid skids when the driver must apply the brakes quickly. Therefore, drivers have more time to react to prevent truck accidents.
Inspectors, including those from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Transport Canada and Mexico’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation, will also be looking for other safety violations. Drivers can expect inspectors to look at coupling devices, driveline and driveshaft components, fuel and exhaust systems, steering mechanisms, wheels and wipers to ensure they comply with regulations published under the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria. Vehicles with serious flaws can be put out of service until someone corrects the problem.
Last year, over 1,000 drivers were told to stop driving because of driver violations, including having the wrong class of license or not having a valid medical card. Furthermore, inspectors found over 1,900 drivers with false logs.
Vehicles passing the inspections will receive a three-month Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance decal allowing them to operate in North America. Drivers may still have their driving privileges revoked even if the vehicle passes the inspection.