Next Week – CVSA Roadcheck – Focus on Tires

Next week, June 7-9, is the industry’s opportunity to demonstrate to law enforcement officials that MTAC members and the trucking industry make safety and compliance a priority.

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. During the annual three-day event, CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The special emphasis for 2016 International Roadcheck is tire safety (i.e., measuring the tire tread depth, checking the tire pressure, checking to make sure that no items are lodged between dual tires and examining the overall condition of the tire to make sure that no deep cuts or bulges exist in the sidewalls of the tire).

MTAC members should be sure that their trucks, especially tires, are in compliance. To comply with federal regulation, do not operate trucks with tires that: have less than the minimum tread depth (minimum tread depth for steer tires is 4/32-inch, and 2/32-inch for any other wheel position); have body ply or belt material exposed through the tread or sidewall; have any tread or sidewall separation; are flat or have an audible leak; have a cut to the extent that the ply or belt material is exposed.

Law enforcement officials will be conducting Roadcheck at weigh stations, and through “roving” patrols throughout Connecticut, from June 7-9.