CVSA offers cargo securement tips ahead of annual Roadcheck blitz

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Updated Apr 24, 2017
Inspectors will be focusing on cargo securement during CVSA’s International Roadcheck on June 6-8.Inspectors will be focusing on cargo securement during CVSA’s International Roadcheck on June 6-8.

Fleets and drivers will need to be up to date on cargo securement requirements and regulations in a little over a month when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts its annual 72-hour International Roadcheck inspection blitz.

Roadcheck will be held June 6-8 across North America. While inspectors will be primarily conducting Level I inspections, they will be keying in on how loads are secured during the event. CVSA has put together a tip sheet for fleets to use to make sure they are aware of the regulations dealing with cargo securement.

Violations related to load securement include failure to prevent shifting and/or loss of load; failure to secure truck equipment such as tarps, dunnage, doors, tailgates, spare tires and more; damaged tie-downs (unacceptable wear on chains or cuts and tears on web straps); insufficient tie-downs; and loose tie-downs.

During 2016’s inspection spree, inspectors placed 21.5 percent of trucks inspected out of service, along with 3.4 percent of drivers, or 9,080 trucks and 1,436 drivers. A total of 62,796 inspections were performed during the event, according to CVSA, and 42,236 of them were Level I inspections, the most comprehensive. Brakes and hours were the top out-of-service violations in 2016.