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CVSA’s Annual Roadside Inspection: How it Impacts Shippers

by LPS Insights, on May 26, 2017

Roadside Inspection

For the past 30 years during the month of June, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has been conducting roadside inspections of commercial motor vehicles to ensure safe operation. This year, the blitz will occur Tuesday, June 6th through Thursday, June 8th.


What is the CVSA Roadside Inspection?
The CVSA is a non-profit association comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials dedicated to improving commercial motor vehicle safety throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.


As part of their mission, the CVSA conducts annual inspections along roadways for 2 days in June, to ensure transportation safety. Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level 1 Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection with 37 steps examining both the driver and vehicle mechanical fitness. This year, they will be placing special emphasis on cargo securement.


Drivers will be checked for proper licensing, hours of service documentation, motor carrier registration, shipping documentation, seat belt usage and influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems, fuel systems, lighting devices, and more.


How Do CVSA Roadside Inspections Impact Shippers?
From June 6-8, an average of 17 trucks and buses will be inspected every minute across North America. In prior years, we’ve seen tighter capacity and rate increases up to 30% during the 72-hour inspection blitz.


How Can Shippers Avoid Rate Increases and Capacity Issues?

The good news – planning ahead is a simple solution to ensuring the roadside inspections don’t disrupt your shipments. We’ve found that increasing lead times between booking shipments and the actual pick-up of the shipment can significantly reduce your transportation costs. The best way to prevent disruptions or rate increases is to book shipments as early as possible.


Another great way to avoid disruptions from roadside inspections is utilizing the most reliable carriers. If you have an extensive carrier qualification process in place, you will already know which carriers have high safety ratings, and whether they hold their vehicles and drivers to the highest standard.

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