Leslie Lovre-King, Technical Assistant
Every year, the North American Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducts a coordinated, multi-day event targeting commercial trucks, trailers, and passenger-carrying vehicles. The purpose is to promote safety awareness within the commercial trucking industry and to ensure regulatory compliance. Each year, the CVSA selects one or two key safety metrics to highlight during its annual event. Data collected during these annual events help identify industry-wide safety deficiencies and help establish the focus of future events. International Roadcheck 2021 will focus on driver hours-of-service and vehicle lighting.
Data collected during last year’s event revealed lighting deficiencies as the most prevalent vehicle defect, accounting for over 12% of all vehicle deficiencies while the most prevalent operator out-of-service violation, 35%, was related to hours-of-service. This year’s event is scheduled for May 4-6. During that period, vehicles subject to commercial vehicle safety standards can be stopped, without warning, and examined according to relevant CVSA Level 1 standards. Driver and vehicle deficiencies are noted and, depending on the severity, either the driver and/or vehicle could be placed out-of-service until such deficiencies are remedied. Vehicles that pass the inspection will receive a CVSA compliance sticker, valid for three months, providing enforcement officials a means to identify other vehicles that may require closer, future scrutiny.
Leslie Lovre-King, Technical Assistant with DJS Associates, Inc., can be reached via email at experts@forensicDJS.com or via phone at 215-659-2010.