Our main focus at Logistick is to secure freight and promote safety. We emphasize the importance of secure cargo and safe travel. While in transit unsecured cargo or improperly secure cargo will shift causing product damage or falling cargo. Falling cargo endangers the driver or dockworker. This year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck is focusing on cargo securement. It will take place on June 6-8, 2017.  Over a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections. CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.

Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Drivers are required to provide items such as their driver’s license, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation. Inspectors will be checking drivers for seat belt usage and the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, and exhaust systems. As well as, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices (required lamps), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies. Finally, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers, and emergency exits (on buses).

International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States, and Mexico during a 72-hour period. Since its inception, more than 1.5 million roadside inspections have been conducted during International Roadcheck campaigns.

Top Load Securement Violations:

  • Failure to prevent shifting/loss of load

  • Failure to secure truck equipment (tarps, dunnage, doors, tailgates, spare tires, etc.)

  • Damaged tie-downs (unacceptable wear on chain or cuts and tears on web straps)

  • Insufficient tie-downs

  • Loose tie- downs

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations “cargo being transported on the highway must remain secured on or within the transporting vehicle”. They continue to state that “freight must remain secure under all conditions that could reasonably be expected to occur during normal driving and when a driver is responding to all emergency situations except when there is a crash.” For more information on Cargo securement rules: Click Here

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Source: CVSA.org