The focus of the 2022 International Roadcheck, from May 17-19, is wheel ends. If your truck isn’t already ready for inspection, NOW is the time to prepare!
What Is International Roadcheck?
Each year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announces the dates of the International Roadcheck. The International Roadcheck is a 72-hour high-visibility, high-volume commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement initiative.
The focus of inspections vary each year, and for 2022, the focus is on wheel ends.
During this special check, inspectors will examine your truck, driver documentation, and credentials. If a violation is found, the inspector will restrict the driver or vehicle from traveling again until the violations are addressed.
For those that pass an inspection, they’ll recieve a CVSA decal. Plus, if you have a decal, you won’t be re-inspected during the three months while that decal is valid.
“We want every vehicle on our roadways to be in proper working order for the safety of the driver operating that vehicle and everyone traveling on our roadways,” said CVSA President Capt. John Broers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol (CVSA).
Why Wheel Ends?
Wheel ends are critical for braking and support the heavy loads we carry. You always want to ensure your wheel ends are safe, and the International Roadcheck is a good reminder to ensure you are not in violation.
Wheel end component violations historically account for about 25% of the vehicle out-of-service violations discovered during International Roadcheck. Wheel end issues are also a top 10 vehicle violation.
What Inspectors Will Look For
During inspection of wheel ends on a commercial motor vehicle, inspectors will:
- Check for cracks or unseated locking rings, studs or clamps.
- Check for bent, cracked or broken rims on the inside and outside wheel rims.
- Check for loose, broken, missing or damaged wheel fasteners and elongated stud holes.
- Check spoke wheels for cracks across spokes and in the web area or slippage in the clamp areas.
- Check the hub for lubricant leaks, missing caps or plugs.
- Check the inner wheel seal for leaks.
- Check the tire and valve stem for leaks.
- Check for proper inflation, cuts and bulges on all tires, including the inside tire on a dual set.
- Check for regrooved tires on steering axle.
- Check tread wear and measure major tread groove depth. Inspect the sidewall for improper repairs, such as tire plugs.
- Check for exposed fabric or cord.
- Check for tire contact with any part of the vehicle.
- Check for markings on the tire that would exclude its use on a steering axle.
- Check for debris between the tires.
- Check for tires touching one another or any part of the vehicle.
We’re Here to Help
Here at Freight X, we have a shop, FX Truck Center, that can help you get inspection ready. If you’re ever in the Ocala, Florida area, please be sure to stop by and see our new, state-of-the-art facility.
And be sure to check out the shop at www.fxtruckcenter.com.