CVSA Inspection Blitz 2022: What You Should Know

on Thursday, 12 May 2022.

Roadcheck2022The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently announced that 2022's International Roadcheck will take place from May 17-19 and will focus on wheel ends.

Here's what drivers need to know to be prepared:

What is the International Roadcheck?

Each year the CVSA operates a 72-hour high-visibility, high-volume commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative across Canada, Mexico, and the United States. These inspections occur at weigh and inspection stations, on roving patrols, and at temporary inspection sites. 

Each year the CVSA focuses on a different area of vehicle safety-- this year the focus is on wheel ends. Violations involving wheel ends typically account for roughly 25% of all violations encountered during International Roadchecks, making them a top 10 vehicle violation.

What will be inspected?

Below is a quick breakdown of what inspectors will be looking for during this year's Roadcheck:

  • Check for cracks or unseated locking rings, studs or clamps.
  • Check for bent, cracked or broken rims on the inside and outside wheel rims.
  • Check for loose, broken, missing or damaged wheel fasteners and elongated stud holes.
  • Check spoke wheels for cracks across spokes and in the web area or slippage in the clamp areas.
  • Check the hub for lubricant leaks, missing caps or plugs.
  • Check the inner wheel seal for leaks.
  • Check the tire and valve stem for leaks.
  • Check for proper inflation, cuts and bulges on all tires, including the inside tire on a dual set.
  • Check for regrooved tires on steering axle.
  • Check tread wear and measure major tread groove depth.
  • Inspect the sidewall for improper repairs, such as tire plugs.
  • Check for exposed fabric or cord.
  • Check for tire contact with any part of the vehicle.
  • Check for markings on the tire that would exclude its use on a steering axle.
  • Check for debris between the tires.
  • Check for tires touching one another or any part of the vehicle.

Be sure to check each of these items yourself to avoid receiving a violation on the chance you're selected for an inspection.

Final Notes

Vehicles that successfully pass a North American Standard Level I or IV Inspection without violation will receive a CVSA decal, which means (in general) that the vehicle will not be re-inspected for a period of three months.

Be sure to utilize the checklist above for each of your vehicles and address any items that could be flagged for violation and stay safe!

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