Learn More About The CVSA Roadcheck

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is an international not-for-profit organization comprising local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The CVSA's mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. The CVSA is the leading authority on roadside enforcement of commercial motor vehicles.

Commercial motor vehicles encompass all vehicles or combination of vehicles used in commerce that weigh in excess of 10,000 pounds. Additionally, buses and other vehicles used to transport more than 8 passengers for compensation or more than 15 passengers for any use are categorized as commercial motor vehicles by federal regulations.

The CVSA sponsors the annual Roadcheck with participation from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and local law enforcement agencies. It is the largest targeted enforcement program for commercial motor vehicles in the world. During this three day event, an average of 16 trucks or buses will be inspected every minute. During the 2011 campaign, more than 70,000 inspections were completed at over 1,500 locations throughout North America.

Roadside inspections are a critical component of CSA scores. Higher CSA scores increase the likelihood of future inspection for vehicles in your fleet. and can lead to targeted enforcement actions. It is important to consistently monitor your scores and institute programs to ensure compliance.

This is an excellent time to review your DOT compliance program and remind your drivers about their critical role in reducing CSA scores.

Common driver violations include: 

  • Logs not being current to the last change of duty location
  • Drivers not having their up-to-date medical card with them
  • Drivers not wearing their seatbelts
  • General form and manner violations for paper logs

Common vehicle violations include: 

  • Inoperative lights (all lights must be working)
  • Tire tread depth less than 4/32nd on steers and 2/32nd on all other tires
  • Brakes out of adjustment
  • Cracked or kinked brake lines
  • Cracked or damaged windshield

Common cargo violations include:

  • Insufficient number of tie downs
  • Damaged securement devices

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