The Commercial Vehicle Safety Administration (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place May 4-6, 2021. Over that 72 hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers. During the Roadcheck, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes two main inspection categories: driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. This year, inspectors will be focusing on hours of service and lighting. Let's discuss some of the key aspects of the 2021 CVSA International Roadcheck, and how Bergey's Truck Centers can help you pass with flying colors!

Driver Requirements - Hours of Service (HOS)

Hours of Service

The United States, Canada and Mexico all have strict hours-of-service regulations in place to help reduce the occurrence of driver fatigue. "Hours of Service" refers to the maximum amount of time drivers are permitted to be on duty including driving time, and specifies the number and length of rest periods, to help ensure that drivers stay awake and alert. In general, all carriers and drivers operating commercial motor vehicles must comply with HOS regulations found in 49 CFR 395.

Take a look at the two charts below. They are the Summary of Hours-of-Service Regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for Property-Carrying Drivers and Passenger-Carrying Drivers from September 28, 2020. Click on each tab to view the regulations:

Property-Carrying Drivers:

  • 11-Hour Driving Limit

  • 14-Hour Limit

  • 30 Minute Driving Break

  • 60/70-Hour Limit

  • Sleeper Birth Provision

  • Adverse Driving conditions

  • Short Haul Exception

11-Hour Driving Limit

May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.

Passenger-Carrying Drivers:

  • 10-Hour Driving Limit

  • 15-Hour Limit

  • 60/70-Hour Limit

  • Sleeper Birth Provision

  • Adverse Driving conditions

  • Short Haul Exception

10-Hour Driving Limit

May drive a maximum of 10 hours after 8 consecutive hours off duty.

Vehicle Requirements - Lighting

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What you can do to Prepare

If you take a look at the North American Level I Inspection procedure as outlined by the CVSA International Roadcheck, you will see that it is a comprehensive inspection of your truck. At Bergey's, we believe that preventative maintenance, along with driver education, is a key component for ensuring compliance with all DOT regulations. 

View the North American Level I Inspection Procedure

  • Choose the Inspection Site
  • Approach the Vehicle
  • Greet and Prepare the Driver
  • Interview Driver
  • Collect the Driver's Documents
  • Interview Driver
  • Check for Presence of Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods
  • Identify the Carrier
  • Examine the Driver's License or CDL
  • Check Medical Examiner's Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) Certificate (if applicable)
  • Check Record of Duty Status
  • Review Driver's Daily Vehicle Inspection Report (if applicable)
  • Review Periodic Inspection Report(s)
  • Prepare Driver for Vehicle Inspection
  • Inspect Front of Tractor
  • Inspect Left Front side of Tractor
  • Inspect Left Saddle Tank Area
  • Inspect Trailer Front
  • Inspect Left Rear Tractor Area
  • Inspect Left Side of Trailer
  • Inspect Left Rear Trailer Wheels
  • Inspect Rear of Trailer
  • Inspect Double, Triple and Full Trailers
  • Inspect Right Rear Trailer Wheels
  • Inspect Right Side of Trailer
  • Inspect Right Rear Tractor Area
  • Inspect Right Saddle Tank Area
  • Inspect Right Front Side of Tractor
  • Inspect Steering Axle(s)
  • Inspect Axles(s) 2 and/or 3
  • Inspect Axles(s) 4 and/or 5
  • Prepare the Vehicle and Check Brake Adjustment
  • Inspect Tractor Protection System (this procedure tests both the tractor protection system and the emergency brakes)
  • Inspect Required Brake System Warning Devices
  • Test Air Loss Rate
  • Check Steering Wheel Lash
  • Check Fifth Wheel Movement
  • Complete the Inspection

DOT Inspections:

That's quite a list! To make sure that you are in compliance, get your Rig ready for the CVSA International Roadcheck by taking advantage of our DOT Inspection Special at our Service Departments. Our factory trained technicians will inspect the following:

  • Brake System
  • Coupling Devices
  • Exhaust System
  • Fuel System
  • Lighting
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Frame
  • Tires, Wheels/Rims
  • Windshield
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Seats
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Pre-Trip Inspections:

Pre-Trip Inspection

Now that you know what the inspector is looking for, let's discuss one of the most effective ways to stay compliant and protect yourself from violations with pre-trip inspections. Pre-trip inspections are a thorough inspection of the vehicle and all the major systems. Inspecting the vehicle before driving each day is a Federal requirement and takes about 15 minutes. Drivers must be logged as "on-duty, not driving" in their logbook/ELD. 

  • Do a walk-around inspection: Perform a visual inspection to see if anything looks damaged or out of place. Check your trim such as your mirror brackets, doors, windows, steps and weather stripping to ensure everything is working.
  •  Check your lights: Check all lights to ensure that they are working properly. Look for any cracked or fogged lenses. Remember, this is a focus of CVSA in 2021, don't forget your Incandescent Roadside Repair Kit.
  • Check your engine compartment: Inspect your water pump, radiator, air compressor and power steer pump for any leaks or damage. Check your fluid levels as well as your belts and hoses for any cracking or leaks.
  • Check your tires: Check the air pressure in your tires to make sure they are at the recommended PSI, and inspect the tires for any defects such as bumps, cuts or abrasions as well as nails and tread depth.
  • Check the brake system: Look at your truck's brake shoes and drums to make sure they are not cracked or damaged. Test your brakes, making sure you push your brake knobs in before testing. Perform a static brake check, applied pressure test, low pressure warning test, and check your emergency valves.
  • Inspect the inside of the cab: Inspect your windshield, mirror controls, hazard signals, turn signals and gauges to ensure everything is working properly.
  • Test the Engine and horns: Ensure that the engine is running properly by revving the engine and testing your horns. 

By following these tips, you will ensure that you will ace your North American Level I Inspection. Remember to keep your cab clean and make sure that all of your paperwork is in order and ELD is properly functioning. 

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