The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 32nd annual International Roadcheck took place on June 4-6, 2019. Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America conducted inspections on commercial motor vehicles and their drivers

WHAT DOT INSPECTORS TYPICALLY LOOK FOR

Inspectors tend to focus on the following items while looking over the steering mechanism:
• Steering wheel lash (free play)
• Steering column and shaft
• Front axle beam
• Steering gear box
• Pitman arm and output shaft
• Upper and lower steering arms
• Power steering reservoir
• Ball and socket joints
• Tie rods and drag links
• Steering nuts

Common suspension components are points of emphasis during an inspection:
• Axle parts/members
• Spring hangers
• Leaf spring assembly
• Coil/rubber spring and air suspension
• Composite springs
• Torsion bar suspension
• Suspension connecting rods and bushings
• Other tracking components
• Sway bar components
• Adjustable axle(s) (locking pins, body rails, slider guides)

 

In 2018, inspectors conducted 67,603 roadside inspections on large trucks and buses as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement initiative (June 5-7, 2018).

During these checks, authorities identified 11,910 vehicles with out-of-service conditions and 2,666 drivers with out-of-service violations.