- Brake problems are easily the number one reason trucks are placed out of service during the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck blitz.
- “When a brake adjustment is necessary and the unit is equipped with automatic slack adjusters it is important to determine the root cause rather than adjusting the slack adjuster,” says Matt Copot, vice president of maintenance at Transervice
- Regular and thorough inspections will help prevent brake problems from leading to OOS violations.
More About the Blitz
Although brake problems are a common violations, during roadside inspections, steering and suspension are critical for all commercial vehicles and CVSA has chosen each as the focus for this year’s 72-hour blitz.
“Steering and suspension are safety critical systems for any commercial motor vehicle,” said CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson with the Arkansas Highway Police in a news release. “Not only do they support the heavy loads carried by trucks and buses, but they also help maintain stability and control under acceleration and braking, keeping the vehicle safely on the road. Furthermore, they keep tires in alignment, reducing chances of uneven tire wear and possible tire failure, and they maximize the contact between the tires and the road to provide steering stability and good handling.”
Truck drivers inspected during the blitz will receive a full 37 point North American Standard Level I Inspection, according to the CVSA.
What does an inspection entail?
The 37-step procedure includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Inspectors may opt to conduct the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection.
View the North American Standard Level I Inspection Procedures here, including details on what each step entails.
The CVSA has also published documentation on Rack and pinion steering system inspection as well as Safety Procedures for Lift Axle Inspection and Safety Inspection Procedures for Vehicles Equipped with Air Suspension.
Take Our Blitz Quiz to Win a Set of Steer Tires
Medallion Transport & Logistics wants to reward all truck drivers who are prepared for International Roadcheck. Take our Roadcheck 2019 quiz. All drivers who score 100% will be entered into a drawing for the tires, and are eligible for other tires. Only one entry per driver will be accepted