Scheduled to take place this May, CVSA’s International Roadcheck program aims to ensure commercial vehicles comply with road safety regulations in several key areas. During the 3-day campaign, CVSA-certified personnel conduct vehicle inspections and educational initiatives targeted at driver, vehicle, and motor carrier safety.
Since its launch in 1988, International Roadcheck has become the largest enforcement program of its kind in the world. On average, approximately 15 buses and trucks on North American roads are inspected every minute during the 72-hour campaign. In 2022 alone, over 50 000 inspections were conducted, with more than 12 000 commercial vehicles and nearly 4000 commercial drivers placed out of service.
Beyond enforcing road safety laws, the campaign also aims to create awareness about road safety as well as the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations by educating the public. Additionally, CVSA provides resources to educate and help commercial vehicle operators prepare for inspections. For more information about what to expect, view the CVSA’s North American Standard Roadside Inspection Vehicle Cheat Sheet or explore additional resources on their website.
Operation Safe Driver is a week-long program that aims to reduce unsafe driving behaviors through awareness and enforcement initiatives. Targeting drivers of both commercial and passenger vehicles, the CVSA campaign is conducted in partnership with law enforcement as well as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
During Operation Safe Driver Week, official personnel will be on the lookout for unsafe driving behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, drunk driving, or failure to wear a seatbelt.
Drivers engaging in risky behavior will be pulled over and issued with citations or warnings where necessary, thus enforcing the law whilst also creating awareness.
With most deaths on North American roads linked to risky driving, CVSA’s key goal is to reduce crashes by improving driver behavior through Operation Safe Driver. According to research, traffic stops of this nature play a significant role in reducing risky driving. During the 2022 campaign, more than 35 000 vehicles were pulled over and over 26 000 citations or warnings were issued in the US and Canada.
As part of the campaign, helpful resources for commercial motor vehicle drivers are available on CVSA’s website to assist. These include safety tips to tackle distracted driving and aggressive driving, as well as useful defensive driving techniques.
Operation Airbrake is an initiative dedicated to improving commercial vehicle brake safety in North America. Consisting of one announced campaign taking place in August and one unannounced campaign that may take place at any time during the year, certified inspectors will conduct brake system inspections on trucks and buses to identify violations and ensure compliance with standard brake-system regulations.
As part of the program, CVSA aims to educate drivers, fleet owners, and mechanics about the importance of proper brake inspections and maintenance. Though commercial vehicle brake systems are designed for tough conditions compared to passenger vehicles, poor maintenance or improper installation of these systems can lead to serious malfunctions on the road. In fact, according to CVSA, more than half of all out-of-service violations issued for commercial motor vehicles are due to brake-system violations or out-of-adjustment brakes.
In 2022, the brake safety campaign results revealed that over 38 000 commercial vehicles were inspected throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. Of this number, 13.3% of vehicles were placed out of service for brake-related violations.
With Operation Airbrake, CVSA’s ultimate goal is to reduce highway crashes due to brake systems failing in commercial vehicles, as this poses a substantial threat to all road users. To ensure your fleet is prepared, run through the program’s inspection procedure or visit CVSA’s website for more Operation Airbrake resources.
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