It’s that time of year again. Beginning tomorrow, June 6th, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will be hosting the 30th annual International Roadcheck. According to the CVSA, the International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world. During the 72 hour period, an average of 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.
Officers will be primarily conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection. Each year, officers are also asked to give extra emphasis to a particular area of the inspection. This year, the special emphasis will be on cargo securement. With that in mind, here are a few things you may want to double check or brush up on today:
Know the regulations
This is especially important if you haul hazardous materials or other cargo with special requirements. Be aware of the rules and always plan accordingly.
Properly secure your load... and all equipment
It is not enough just to throw a strap on it. That cargo must be “firmly immobilized,” not being able to shift forward, back, or side to side. Most drivers are pretty good a securing their loads, but what might get overlooked from time to time are the other tools and supplies in the truck/trailer. It is not enough to properly secure the cargo. All tools such as shovels, blocks, chains, sure tires, brooms, pallet jacks, ratchet straps, winches, etc. must be secured as well.
Be sure your tie-downs are in good repair
Regulations require that tie-downs are attached and secured in a manner that prevents it from becoming “loose, unfastening, opening, or releasing while the vehicle is in transit.” It is important to inspect all of your tie downs for damage or wear such as bent latches or frayed webbing that could result in a strap loosening or coming undone. If you have straps with damage, don’t hesitate to replace them. Nobody wants heavy cargo getting loose out on the road.
- The top five load securement violations are currently:
- Failure to prevent shifting/loss of load
- Failure to secure truck equipment (tarps, dunnage, doors, tailgates, spare tires, etc.)
- Damaged tie-downs (unacceptable wear on chain or cuts and tears on web straps)
- Insufficient tie-downs (not enough coverage for length of cargo)
- Loose tie-downs
Do your due diligence to be sure that your cargo is properly contained. Ensure you have enough proper securement equipment and that it is all in good shape. And double check your tools and the equipment are secured properly as well. If everything is in order, then Roadcheck 2017 should be a breeze for you.
Good luck out there, and stay safe!