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International Roadcheck: Everything You Need to Know

International Roadcheck

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place from Tuesday, May 4, through Thursday, May 6. This year’s check will have an emphasis on lighting and service hours, reflecting information from 2020 data analysis that show these two areas are in need of improvement. The 72-hour event will encompass inspection on commercial motor vehicles throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States. 

Here is a checklist of items that will be reviewed during the inspection: 

  • Lighting devices
  • Brake systems
  • Cargo securement
  • Coupling devices
  • Exhaust systems
  • Frames
  • Fuel systems
  • Read the full list for inspection items

In addition to the above, this year there will be heightened inspection surrounding operating credentials, hours-of-service documentation, seat belt usage and for alcohol and/or drug impairment, along with lighting violations. To ensure your team is up-to-date on lighting standards, click here to learn more on what to look out for during the inspection.


In order to best prepare for the International Roadcheck, carriers need to ensure that all equipment and mechanical parts are working properly prior to beginning their route. This preparation will enable carriers to avoid fines and tickets for faulty or outdated equipment. Carriers should also account for the potential inability to receive parts during this time period due to high volume of carriers placing orders for new equipment. Ordering extra parts ahead of time to keep in the truck in case of an emergency can limit risk of a ticket. As a reminder, if a driver or vehicle does not pass these inspections, they will be placed out of service until the issue is resolved. A full list of out-of-service criteria can be found here


Shippers need to keep in mind that some carriers may decide to stay home, making for limited capacity during the event. This will make it more difficult to access available carriers to complete routes and transport necessary goods. Shippers should also be aware of the potential rate increase due to tight capacity. During this capacity limitation, shippers can utilize a 3PL partner that can navigate the capacity issue through an extensive carrier network. That helps save shippers both time and money. The International Roadcheck will likely cause implications throughout the industry, which makes it increasingly important to plan accordingly for possible outcomes, before they even occur. 

One Exception to the CVSA International Roadcheck

To continue the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across the country, shipments of the vaccine will not be held up for inspection.