The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is holding its International Road Check May 4-6. During those 72 hours, vehicle inspectors conduct inspections for commercial vehicles throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The International Road Check program raises awareness of the North American Standard Inspection program and keeps highways and roads safe. Drivers and carriers should be performing regular maintenance on their vehicles to ensure they’re operating responsibly and safely.
This Year’s Inspection
This year’s emphasis will be on vehicle lighting and drivers’ hours of service. If a vehicle and its driver pass the inspection, they should receive a CVSA decal; vehicles with the decal are not reinspected during the time the decal is valid.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the “lamps inoperable” violation was the number one vehicle lighting violation in 2020. In North America, the top driver out-of-service violation was hours of service, which accounted for nearly 35% of all driver out-of-service situations.
Here is a summary of the top 5 out-of-service (OOS) violations in North America:
Violation % OOS Violations
- Brake System 25.8%
- Tires 19.0%
- Lights 13.5%
- Cargo Securement 12.9%
- Brake Adjustment 12.8%
How ECS Can Help
England Carrier Services (ECS) offers affordable tire and maintenance programs designed to keep your drivers on the road and your vehicles free from defects. We offer solutions custom-designed for your needs, and we’re always here to help.
As always, drivers should perform regular inspections on their vehicles to keep roadways and drivers safe. For more information on pre-trip inspections, check out our latest blog post, here.
The England Carrier Services (ECS) division offers a variety of services for carriers ranging from maintenance to support. As ECS members, carriers have access to nationwide discounts on fuel and tires from dedicated team members who are committed to finding the best price. ECS also provides factoring services with benefits such as same-day funding to a bank account or fuel card. These options allow carriers the freedom to focus on growing their business while saving time and money.