The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck, a 72-hour vehicle inspection marathon, is the talk of drivers across North America and Mexico, known by many, from companies like Titan Transline to common daily drivers. The annual proceedings, which usually happen around May, were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
International Roadcheck has CVSA-certified inspectors spread out across Canada, Mexico, and the US conducting commercial motor vehicle and driver inspections across the region. These inspectors are limited to designated fixed locations or inspection stations, as some are on the road as part of roving mobile inspection patrols, with law enforcement accompanying them to ensure compliance with federal regulations.
Every iteration of the International Roadcheck prioritizes a certain kind of violation, with 2020’s being driver requirements. According to the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 952,938 driver regulations were discovered during the 2019 Roadcheck, with 199,722 of those violations stemming from out-of-service conditions.
CVSA President Sgt. John Samis stated that, while the coronavirus pandemic has understandably forced people and companies, like Titan Transline, to shift their priorities, commercial motor vehicle law-enforcement has kept itself steady and is back to enforce regulations, including roadside inspection. He notes that jurisdictions are close their pre-pandemic capabilities, with a greater focus on dealing with unfit vehicles and drivers from roads.
In the US, commercial motor vehicle inspections check for compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Canada, meanwhile, uses a mix of the National Safety Code and any applicable provincial and territorial regulation to ensure safety compliance. Mexico, meanwhile, has its Normas Oficiales Mexicanas as its standard.
Both drivers and vehicles will be inspected in order to ensure compliance with the proper regulations based on the territory, with appropriate punishment for infractions. The International Roadcheck primarily relies on the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step process with two key categories: driver operating requirements, and vehicle mechanical fitness. Additional steps may be added depending on the conditions of the road.
The International Roadcheck is held by the CVSA with cooperation from the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, the FMCSA, and Mexico’s Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Ministry of Communications and Transportation).