The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place June 5-7, 2018. Commercial Motor Vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. This year’s focus is on hours-of-service compliance.

Thirty-two percent of drivers who were placed out of service during last year’s three-day International Roadcheck were due to violations related to hours-of-service (HOS).  HOS was the leading cause of out of service violations in the 2017 Roadcheck. Captain Christopher Turner, CVSA President, stated “Although the electronic logging device (ELD) rule that went into effect on Dec. 18, 2017, does not change any of the underlying hours-of-service rules or exceptions.”

During International Roadcheck, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. The vehicle inspection includes checking brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Additional items for buses include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.

If no critical inspection item violations are found during a Level I Inspection, a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle, indicating that the vehicle successfully passed a decal-eligible inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified inspector.

If an inspector does identify critical inspection item violations, he or she may render the driver or vehicle out of service if the condition meets the North American Out-of-Service Criteria. This means the driver cannot operate the vehicle until the vehicle and/or driver qualification violation(s) are corrected.

Preparing for a CVSA Roadcheck:

Hours of Service

  1. Review HOS regulations with your drivers so that they understand the various time limitations and duty statuses as well as any exemptions that they are utilizing. 
  2. Drivers must understand how to present the HOS information to law enforcement with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) they utilize.
    • Web based
    • Blue tooth
    • Display (ELD unit, tablet, phone)
    • Printout
  3. A copy of the instructions for the ELD must be in each truck cab for the driver and the officer to be able to use.
  4. At least eight days of blank log sheets must be readily available to any driver that has an ELD.


  1. Educate drivers on how to conduct effective pre and post trip inspections.
  2. Conduct safety lanes where maintenance personnel review critical safety systems such as tires/wheels/, brakes, lights, engine, load securement, and emergency devices before vehicles leave the facility.
  3. Review DVIR’s and online CVSA data to identify candidates for remedial maintenance training.


  1. Discuss with drivers what documentation they need to have at all times in their vehicles.
    •  Shipping papers – bills of lading, manifests, delivery schedules, etc.
    •  Hazardous materials information and guidebook.
    •  Vehicle registration and insurance information
  2. Ensure that all driver’s licenses and medical cards are up to date and that each driver has them in their possession before leaving the facility.

For additional guidance on commercial motor vehicle and driver compliance for your company, contact a HUB Fleet Risk Advisor today.