CVSA Roadcheck 2024: Essential Safety Guide

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The upcoming Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck takes place from May 14-16, 2024. This annual enforcement initiative targets commercial vehicle safety through rigorous inspections conducted across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Last year, nearly 20% of inspected vehicles were sidelined due to critical safety violations, primarily concerning brake and tire maintenance. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC offers pivotal safety and maintenance tips to assist fleets and owner-operators in preparation for this year’s checks.

Key Highlights:

  • Focus on Brakes and Tires: Over half of last year’s violations were for brake and tire issues.
  • Preventative Maintenance Crucial: Routine checks can prevent the majority of issues.
  • Enhanced Training Available: Bendix provides extensive training resources for technicians.

Inspection Insights: The 2023 International Roadcheck underscored the importance of regular maintenance to avoid out-of-service outcomes. Brake systems, particularly, were a major concern, making up nearly 40% of the reported issues. “Many of the critical issues flagged during these inspections are maintenance-related, and many are issues that could have easily been prevented with regular, thorough maintenance procedures,” stated Fred Andersky, Bendix director of government and industry affairs.

An Eye on Tractor Protection Systems: This year, inspectors will also focus on tractor protection systems, crucial for maintaining control in case of trailer separation. “The tractor protection system inspection will vary based on the tractor protection valve that is in use on the vehicle,” explained Brian Screeton, a technical training manager at Bendix.

Routine Maintenance:

  • Brake Checks: Inspectors found that many brake-related issues could be avoided through simple, routine checks and maintenance.
  • Proper Tire Inflation: Tire issues, which accounted for 19% of last year’s violations, are largely preventable through correct tire inflation.

Training for Safety: Technician training remains a cornerstone of fleet safety strategies. Bendix emphasizes the need for continual education on the latest safety technologies and maintenance practices to keep vehicles in optimal condition. They offer a range of training options, from in-person workshops to online courses accessible through their Brake School website.

About Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC: Bendix, a leader in the commercial vehicle systems industry, provides innovative safety technologies and solutions. They support fleets with a combination of top-tier training and advanced safety components, ensuring compliance and enhancing road safety.

For more information, visit Bendix’s official website or contact them at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE. Follow their updates and access educational resources through their extensive online platforms, including the Knowledge Dock™ and Brake School.

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