International Roadcheck is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), a leading commercial vehicle safety organization in North America.
During the activity, truck and bus safety inspectors will be on the job day and night at sites along major highways and roving patrols will inspect commercial vehicles traveling other highways.
More than 2.5-million roadside safety inspections, including the annual Roadchecks, are conducted each year by CVSA-trained and certified inspectors. CVSA said that since September 11th, “the role of the inspector has expanded to include guarding against planned terrorist activities.”
During Roadcheck 2001, more than 45,000 vehicles were inspected at over 1,000 locations across North America. Of those vehicles, 24.1% were placed out-of-service because of safety violations. And 5.7% of the commercial drivers inspected were placed out-of-service for violations of federal safety regulations.
When there are no violations of critical safety items, the inspector places a CVSA decal (good for 90 days) on the vehicle's windshield. This allows inspectors at other sites to choose not to inspect the vehicle unless a visible safety defect is apparent.
CVSA, formed in 1982, includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories, all Canadian Provinces and Territories and Mexico's federal government. CVSA's associate members include truck and motor coach industry organizations.