The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck is coming. June 4-6 has been designated for 10,000 authorized inspectors to be stationed at 1,500 roadside inspection sites across the U.S. and Canada to conduct road checks.

The Roadcheck is simply a roadside inspection to make sure the vehicle is in compliance. It provides an opportunity to educate industry and the general public about the importance of keeping vehicles safe for operation.

The typical vehicle inspection includes checking brake systems, coupling devices, driveline/driveshafts, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lights, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers and other parts of the vehicle.

Although routinely part of roadside inspections, CVSA’s focus this year will spotlight steering and suspension systems, as well as some common steering or suspension issues commonly found during a roadside inspection.

Roadside inspections can be performed any time of year, but the CVSA highlights this period to help educate the industry and general public about the importance of safety.

There is no exemption from a roadside inspection. Even farmers exempt from the interstate inspection as a Covered Farm Vehicle can still be subject to a roadside inspection.

Even though trucks should always be in good working condition, make sure they are ready for an inspection. You just might be one of the 60,000 roadside inspections that take place in 72 hours.

Visit CVSA.org for more information

Have a trucking- or transportation-related question or questions? If so, email us at ViewFromTheRoad@ilfb.org, and we’ll do our best to answer each one.

Kirby Wagner serves as assistant director of transportation and local government for Illinois Farm Bureau.