Upcoming Annual Inspection Blitz

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FCMSA) and other organizations will conduct its annual inspection blitz between June 7 and June 9 this year. Last year, 75,000 inspections took place during the blitz.

There’s no word yet on what point of emphasis the inspections will take but inspectors will primarily complete the full 37-step Level 1 inspection for trucks.

What Will They Look For?

Since the point of the annual inspection blitz is to keep everyone safe on the road, the inspection will include the truck and cargo:

  • Brakes
  • Coupling Devices
  • Fuel & Exhaust Systems
  • Frame and Trailers
  • Lighting
  • Securement of Cargo
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Tires, Wheels, Rims, and Hubs

All of the things you should be looking at in your pre-trip inspection, inspectors will check for themselves. If your truck is found to be out of service, it’ll cost you an average of $861 – not including any fines or the cost of actual repairs that may need to be done.

How Can You Get Ready?

Ideally your vehicles are being maintained and serviced on a regular basis, but make sure everyone from your mechanics to your drivers are working together to help this blitz go smoothly. The Gorilla Safety App is a great way to keep everyone organized.

  • You can upload pre-trip inspections into Document Management. This way there’s no excuse for a driver not to have a copy.
  • Make sure you’re using the eDVIR and Mechanic Inspections feature to keep your mechanics and drivers in easy communication for service needs.
  • Set alerts through the app to notify you for a wide variety of things, especially when a specific vehicle may need maintenance or if a repair hasn’t been done.
  • The electronic logbook will keep track of hours of service and the system is easy for inspectors to read.

Before the annual inspection blitz rolls around, make sure trucks, drivers, and your company are ready.

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