About 10,000 trucks or buses across the country will be inspected between June 4-6th this year for Roadcheck. Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program with approximately 14 trucks or buses inspected every minute from Canada to Mexico. CVSA-certified inspectors will conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives. The inspection lasts about 30 minutes and could result in a CSA violation, which is bad for business.
 
So how can drivers be prepared and breeze through Roadcheck 2013? Follow our checklist below and you will decrease your chances of getting inspected and getting a violation if inspected.  
 
Roadcheck Checklist

 

  • Make sure your truck has had a recent inspection and is in tip-top shape. These components will be inspected:
    • Brakes
      • Check for missing, non-functioning, loose, contaminated or cracked parts on the brake system.
      • Check for “S” cam flip-over.
      • Be alert for audible air leaks around brake components and lines.
      • Check that the slack adjusters are the same length (from center of “S” cam to center of clevis pin), and that the air chambers on each axle are the same size.
      • Check brake adjustment.
      • Ensure the air system maintains air pressure between 90 and 100 psi.
      • Measure pushrod travel.
      • Inspect required brake system warning devices, such as ABS malfunction lamps and low air pressure warning devices.
      • Inspect tractor protection system, including the bleed-back system on the trailer.
    • Tires, wheels, rims, hubs§  Check tires for proper inflation, cuts and bulges, re-capped tires on steering axle, tread wear and major tread groove depth.
      • Inspect sidewalls for defects, improper repairs, exposed fabric or cord, contact with any part of the vehicle, and tire markings excluding it from use on a steering axle.
      • Inspect wheels and rims for cracks and broken or missing lugs, or studs. Also check for rims that are cracked or bent, have loose or damaged lug nuts and elongated stud holes, have cracks across spokes or in the web area.
      • Check the hubs for lubricant leaks, missing caps or plugs, misalignment and positioning, and damaged, worn or missing parts.
    • Lights
      • Inspect all required lamps for proper color, operation, mounting and visibility.
    • Every major safety component of the truck
      • Check the safety devices for full trailers/Converter Dolly(s): (chains/wire rope) for sufficient number, missing components, improper repairs, and devices that are incapable of secure attachment.
    • Proper load securement
      • Make sure you are carrying a safe load.
      • Check both sides of the trailer to ensure cargo is protected from shifting or falling.
      • Verify that rear doors are securely closed.
      • Where load is visible, check for proper blocking and bracing. It may be necessary to examine inside of trailer to assure that large objects are properly secured.
      • Check cargo securement devices for proper number size and condition.
      • Check tie-down anchor points for deformation and cracking.
  • ​Have proof of these documents with you:
    • Commercial driver’s license.
    • Medical examiner's certificate.
    • Record of duty status.     
  • Make sure your truck is neat and clean! A filthy truck with trash on the dash or obviously loose parts bungee corded together is an easy way to get a DOT officer’s attention.  A clean and neat-looking truck just might get a driver a pass while the inspectors are busy seeing what maintenance or safety items the driver of the dirty truck does not seem to care about.

The last thing anyone needs is a citation or to be put out of service for a violation. Plan ahead and Roadcheck 2013 will be a breeze. 
 

 

Comments (6)

Bill McClusky

I have been in the trucking and construction equipment service industry for 23 years as a service technician, component rebuild specialist (engine, transmission, and axle), service department manager, instructor and consultant. I was a class 8 truck driver for 3 years pulling wet and dry tanks. I have been with American Truck Business Services for 4 years serving as a Business Consultant, Maintenance Consultant, and Instructor.

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Points off for a bad attitude.

April 23, 2016 19:31:39 PM

Thank you ! I agree, attitude can have a huge impact on the amount of time a DOT inspector spends looking over your rig.

May 29, 2013 15:06:34 PM

I agree Craig. I just rolled across a scale two weeks ago in my new truck, clean as can be, and still got asked to pull around back. With a smile on my face and a good attitude, I breezed through in 20 minutes with a clean check to add on the books. After talking a few minutes with the officer, he realized that I was actually human too and he was as nice as can be right back.

May 26, 2013 14:18:57 PM

Great list Bill.

I love Craigs thought about adding a great attitude and might just add "professional attitude." I never disrespect inspectors and try to remember they are doing a job. And have family at home just like we do. I treat them the same way I want to be treated and always get a thank you from them when I leave the inspection.
Here is to all clean inspections to everyone in the group this year!

May 26, 2013 11:28:45 AM

Agreed-It seems as if they do very few "random" inspections. Something calls their attention to the truck-bad company scores-light out-audible air leaks-etc. These people aren't stupid. They know what they are looking for.

May 25, 2013 7:58:18 AM

Very nice article Bill. Thank you! One more item you could add to this list is to have a great attitude. Attitude goes a long way and as my dad has said many times, you can't beat an inspector, they will win everytime, so attitude is very important.

May 23, 2013 19:16:58 PM