The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual International Roadcheck will be June 4-6, 2019. During this 72-hour period, CVSA-certified inspectors will inspect both you and your vehicle. A 37- point inspection might sound slightly intimidating, but if you have been making your pre and post trip inspections, you have nothing to worry about. Here is how to prepare for the CSA Roadcheck 2019.
This year’s focus will be steering and suspension systems.
How to Prepare For The CVSA Roadcheck 2019
CVSA inspectors will perform a 37-step inspection on you and your trucks during the inspection. You will need to provide your commercial driver’s license and motor carrier registration. The CVSA inspector will be checking the maintenance and condition of your vehicle, including braking system, fuel and exhaust, suspension, and windshield wipers.
Maintaining your brakes is essential for any vehicle, but the Roadcheck just drives this point home for truckers. You should constantly check your brakes for any damaged or missing parts, warning devices, leaks, and incorrect air pressure adjustment.
Roadcheck 2019 is all about safety. When you are hauling lads, making sure you have proper cargo securement is major. Check for improper tailboard security, damaged tie-down anchor points, unsecured end gates and rear doors, and faulty cargo securement devices.
When you’re checking your truck, you will need to look at your coupling devices. Check the secured mounting for your fifth wheel, the spaces between plates, and any damaged parts that can make a locking mechanism faulty.
Tires and Wheel
Check your tires for proper inflation and tread groove depth. Make sure your wheels and rims do not have any cracks or damaged parts. Your hubs should have no damages, leaks, and must be aligned.
Sometimes you expect a bumpy ride, but you do not want to have a rough haul. First, check for cracked, crooked, or missing springs. Also, watch out for loose shackles and u-bolts, unsecured spring hangers, and a misaligned or damaged front axle.
What Happens if I Fail The Roadcheck Inspection?
If the CVSA does find significant violations, you or your vehicle may be placed out-of-service. Meaning you will not be able to operate your vehicle until the violation(s) are corrected.
Since we are talking about proactivity you can start pre-filing HVUT Form 2290 here at ExpressTruckTax or file over the phone with our sister product, TSNAmerica.
When you pre-file your HVUT 2290 your return will be at the very top of the stack when the IRS begins processing returns on July 1. This means you will get your Stamp Schedule 1 before anyone else. After that, you are good to go until July of 2020! And when you pre-file your HVUT 2290 you have more time to amend your return if it is rejected or if there are any mistakes.
Are you ready for Roadcheck 2019? What do you do for your pre-trip inspections? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments below.
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