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2014 CVSA Road Check June 3-5

CVSA Road Check 2014

CVSA Road Check 2014

The largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles will soon be taking place between June 3-5, 2014. During the 72 hour period, nearly 10,000 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) certified inspectors will operate from 1,500 locations across North America to perform truck and bus inspections.

The annual program focuses on compliance and enforcement, targeting various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver and cargo safety and security.

According to the CVSA website, “approximately 14 trucks or buses are inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico” within the established 72 hours.

Level 1 inspections will focus on nine specific areas: brakes, coupling devices, fuel and exhaust systems, frame, van and open-top trailers, lighting, cargo securement, steering, suspension and tires, wheels, rims and hubs. The average cost of being placed out-of-service is $861, not including costs of other fines and repairs.

The CVSA provides a Roadcheck Check List for Drivers for the possibility of a roadside inspection in order to be better prepared to make it through without any disruption in service.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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