Last week marked the 28th year of the International Roadcheck run by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). June 2nd-4th marked the marathon of inspections, with over 10,000 CVSA-certified federal, state, and local inspectors conducting approximately 70,000 inspections on trucks and buses over a period of 72 hours. Inspectors performed full 37-step North American Standard Level I inspections which look at both the driver and the vehicle, with a special emphasis this year on cargo securement.
You’re probably wondering why we are still talking about it, since this is almost literally last week’s news.
Well, consider this; the very first year of Roadcheck was in 1988. Bay and Bay Transportation was founded in 1941, so our drivers have participated in the world’s largest “mass inspection” of commercial motor vehicles since it first started. It has been estimated that over the last 28 years, the Roadcheck extravaganza has prevented 5,840 injuries and saved 318 lives! Isn’t that remarkable?
Each year of inspections has a primary focus on a specific category of safety violations. This year’s focus was on cargo securement, which is the fourth leading cause of violations that lead to commercial vehicles being placed out-of-service. This year was meant to educate drivers and the public about the importance of cargo securement so items pose less of a safety risk from shifting, tipping, sliding, or falling.
As a reminder to drivers, please take care to ensure you are following procedures to avoid OOS violations. Here are the top 20 cargo violations to watch out for, as they are the most common and are all easily avoided:
- 9A2: Failing To Secure Vehicle Equipment
- 100A: Failing To Load/Equip Vehicle To Prevent Load Shifting/Falling
- 100B: Leaking/Spilling/Blowing/Falling Cargo
- 110B: Insufficient Tiedowns; Without Headerboard/Blocking
- 9A: Failing To Secure Load
- 104F3: Loose/Unfastened Tiedown.
- 130: No/Improper Heavy Vehicle/Machine Securement
- 104B: Damaged Securement System/Tiedowns
- 9A1: Failing To Secure Cargo/§§ 393.100-393.136
- 9: Driver Load Secure
- 100: No Or Improper Load Securement
- 134B3: Rear Of Container Not Properly Secured
- 126: Fail To Ensure Intermodal Container Secured
- 100C: Failure To Prevent Cargo Shifting
- 134: No/Improper Securement Of Roll/Hook Container
- 128B1: Vehicle Not Secured—Front And Rear
- 116: No/Improper Securement Of Logs
- 110: Failing To Meet Minimum Tiedown Requirements
- 106B: Cargo Not Immobilized Or Secured
- 110C: Insufficient Tiedowns; With Headerboard/Blocking
Do you have what it takes to become a cargo securement superstar? If you are a CDL truck driver, and especially if you drive for Bay and Bay Transportation, challenge yourself to take extra special care when securing and checking items that you load. For the rest of June, post this top 20 list in the cab of your truck and take note on your performance.
We want to hear from you! Comment below and let us know how things go. Were you inspected during Roadcheck? Let us know how it went!