Know what to expect from Roadcheck

Know what to expect from Roadcheck

Failing a road check can result in your vehicle or driver becoming out-of-service. Avoid this potential problem by knowing what to expect on the upcoming inspections. Please be sure to perform a thorough self-inspection in addition to your usual checks to ensure everything is in order. Be sure to download the cheat sheet at the bottom of the page. The focus for 2020 will be on Driver Requirements.

Most of the inspections to be performed are Level 1 Inspections of both the vehicle and driver. The vehicle inspection includes checking critical inspection items such as:

  • brake systems
  • cargo securement
  • lighting devices (headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, turn signals and lamps/flags on projecting loads)
  • steering mechanisms
  • suspensions
  • tires, wheels, rims and hubs
  • coupling devices
  • driveline/driveshaft
  • exhaust systems
  • frames
  • fuel systems
  • windshield wipers
  • coupling devices; driveline/driveshaft; exhaust systems; frames; fuel systems; windshield wipers.

Aside from the truck itself, the driver must have all their paperwork in order. Along with the parts of the truck that will be inspected the driver will need to readily provide:

  • Drivers License/CDL
  • Medical Examiners Certificate
  • Record of Duty Status
  • Daily Vehicle Inspection Report
  • Periodic Inspection Reports
  • Shipping Papers
  • Vehicle Inspection Certificate
  • Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate
  • Inspectors will also check drivers for seat belt usage, sickness, fatigue and apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment

Have a look at the 2018 results. The focus that year was hours-of-service compliance, this can clearly be seen I the chart below. The focus for 2020 will be on Driver Requirements.

If you pass the inspection you will receive a CVSA decal to display. Congratulations!

If you fail, then one or more critical violations were found. Your vehicle will be placed out-of-service and won’t be able to operate until the violations are corrected.


CVSA International Roadcheck website here

Inspection Cheat Sheet

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