Earlier this month, the Roadcheck program performed targeted checks on more than 60,400 commercial vehicles in a 72-hour period. That’s more than 14 trucks and buses inspected every minute! This year, about 10,000 inspectors certified by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) spread out over 1,500 locations all across North America to perform the inspections.
These annual checks include inspection of vehicles’ brakes, coupling devices and trailers, fuel and exhaust systems, lighting system, secured cargo, steering, suspension, and tires, rims, wheels, and hub caps.
The Roadcheck program seeks to increase safety for truck drivers as well as others traveling on the road. They promote pre-inspection checks for all drivers for every trip. Their perspective is that the costs of being put out of service in order to fix a problem found during pre-checks is significantly less costly than a crash.
Since 1988, there have been more than 1 million Roadcheck inspections, resulting in more than 220 saved lives and 4,045 injuries avoided. Roadcheck also helps to educate drivers as well as the general public about commercial vehicle operation and safety.