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Ask our panel of experts, Marc and Guy, any questions you may have around fleet safety, compliance, DOT audits, roadside inspections or CSA scores. 

Ask our panel of experts, Marc, Guy and Brayn, any questions you may have around fleet safety, compliance, DOT audits, roadside inspections, CSA scores, or installation best practices. 


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Roadcheck 2019 is Just Around the Corner! Are you Ready? (En français ?¿En español?)


The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place on June 4-6 this year. Over the 3-day period period, CVSA Inspectors at Truck Inspection Stations, Lay-By’s and other locations throughout North America will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and drivers.

Each year, Roadcheck selects a specific safety component to focus their inspections on. This year’s theme will be steering components and suspension systems to highlight their importance to operating safe equipment.

Steering and suspension are safety-critical systems for any commercial motor vehicle. Not only are they are critical to ensure the structural integrity of vehicles remain intact while delivering cargo, but they also help maintain stability and control while a vehicle is either acceleration or braking, and to keeping a vehicle in their proper lane. Ensuring that these components are operating according to equipment specifications will also ensure that tires remain properly aligned, which will reduce premature or uneven tire wear.   

Mechanic working on the vehicle steering system underneath a truck

During Roadcheck 2019, CVSA-certified inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspections, which will not only include vehicle mechanical fitness, but an examination of driver operating requirements as well.

The vehicle inspection includes checking critical inspection items such as:

  • brake systems;
  • cargo securement;
  • coupling devices;
  • driveline/driveshaft;
  • driver’s seat (missing);
  • exhaust systems;
  • frames;
  • fuel systems;
  • lighting devices (headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, turn signals and lamps/flags on projecting loads);
  • steering mechanisms;
  • suspensions;
  • tires;
  • van and open-top trailer bodies;
  • wheels, rims and hubs;
  • windshield wipers.
  • Additional items on buses, motorcoaches, passenger vans or other passenger-carrying vehicles include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in engine and battery compartments, and seating (temporary and aisle seats). 

Drivers will be required to provide:

  • their driver’s license (operating credentials),
  • Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate (if applicable),
  • driver’s record of duty status, and
  • vehicle inspection report(s) (if applicable).

Inspectors will also check drivers for seat belt usage, sickness, fatigue and apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment. 2019-decals

If no out-of-service vehicle inspection item violations are found during the inspection, a CVSA decal (image on the right) will be applied to the passenger side window of the CMV, and compliant trailers to confirm that the vehicle(s) have successfully passed a Level 1 CVSA inspection.

If an inspector does find an out-of-service item, he/she may place the vehicle out of service. Essentially, a vehicle cannot be operated until the vehicle violation(s) are corrected. A driver can also be placed out of service for driver related issues or driver conditions, which included but are not limited to violations of the hours of service regulation and/or driver qualifications.

Out-of-service orders and the number, type and severity of safety violations can and will affect a motor carrier’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) score and its Safety Fitness Determination rating in the U.S. as well as National Safety Code or provincial ratings depending on where a CMV is operated. 

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The above information is for informational purposes only, and should in no way be relied upon as legal advice.

  Mar 28, 2019     Marc Moncion


Marc Moncion

Lead Expert - Fleet Complete

Marc is the Head of Safety, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at Fleet Complete. He is an author and industry subject matter expert who has worked in numerous senior transportation management roles for over 25 years, including an Inspector for the MTO. Marc sits on several Federal/State/provincial regulatory bodies and frequently provides commentary on emerging technology, best practices and regulatory affairs. In addition, Marc is a commercial driver's licence (CDL) holder and can drive all types of commercial vehicles in North America.

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Guy Broderick

Guest Expert - APPS Transport Group

Guy is a Driver Recruiter/Training Supervisor and Social Media Specialist at APPS Transport Group. Certified under the WSIB guidelines and a member of JHSC, Guy is an integral force behind the company's impeccable driving record. The APPS Safety Team has achieved the highest rating of Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration (CVOR) given by the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario. Since 2010, Guy has written for and contributed to numerous publications and associations, as well as has been elected as Chair of Ontario College of Trades Tractor Trailer Driver Trade Board, recently re-elected as Chair for the TTSAO Carrier Group, has sat on numerous provincial industry committees and is a Award Winning Driver recognized on both sides of the border.

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Brayn Gomez  linkedin2

Guest Expert - Certified Professional Installer

Brayn transformed his passion and hobby of installing multimedia devices and car kits in luxury vehicles into a career in 2004. Since then, Brayn has installed thousands of electronics and GPS systems in a variety of vehicles and machines with or without a power source, even on bicycles. Bryan provides professional installation, re-installation and on-site technical services to Fleet Complete customers. Throughout his career, Brayn has encountered the effects of improper GPS system installation on the integrity of the vehicle and driver's safety, and offers his insights and tips to help ensure fleet managers and technicians are using best practices to install GPS equipment in their vehicles.