Today's Trucking


Ep 20: A Clean Inspection

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, presents driver Brad Barton of JG Drapeau a clean bill of health for the equipment inspected during our video series. Today’s Trucking offers special thanks to Brad Barton, JG Drapeau, Sarasin, and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation for sharing all the steps in a Level 1 inspection.


Video series highlights each step in Level 1 inspection

June 6, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Today’s Trucking has rolled out a 20-part video series featuring each of the stops in a Level 1 roadside inspection conducted by Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) enforcement teams.

John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and CVSA instructor, highlight the differences between major and minor defects, and offer an in-depth look at all the related components along the way.


Roadcheck begins today, has cargo securement focus

June 6, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance marks its 30th annual international Roadcheck inspection blitz from June 6-8, averaging about 17 Level 1 inspections across North America every minute – and cargo securement will receive some added attention along the way.

About one in 10 Out of Service violations during the annual blitz are already for improper loading or improper cargo securement. The most common securement-related violations recorded in 2015, the last time cargo securement was a special focus for the blitz, was failure to prevent shifting/loss of load. Other common challenges included failure to secure truck equipment, damaged tiedowns, insufficient tiedowns, and loose tiedowns.


VIDEO: Inspecting wheel ends and fuel tanks

May 29, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The latest installments of Today’s Trucking’s video series on Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection procedures are now online – covering the inspections of wheel ends and fuel tank areas.


Kinedyne to host cargo securement webinar

May 11, 2017 by John Smith

BRANCHBURG, NJ – Kinedyne will host a free webinar on cargo securement this month, as the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance prepares for the Roadcheck inspection blitz and its own focus on cargo securement.


Free video series explains CVSA inspections

April 17, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Today’s Trucking magazine has launched a free online video series that offers new insights into roadside inspections, and already posted the first five installments at


CVSA releases results of surprise brake blitz

August 2, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

GREENBELT, MD – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says that it put 13.9% of vehicles out of service during an unannounced brake blitz in May 2016, when inspectors targeted 31 jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada.

The results of the surprise blitz were released by the alliance on Tuesday.

In all, the May 4 brake blitz inspected 6,128 commercial vehicles. CVSA says 12.4% of vehicles inspected were put out of service for brake violations, and 13.9% of vehicles were put out of service for violations other than brakes.


Tread depth biggest violation in U.S. Roadcheck

July 25, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

PORTLAND, OR — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Roadcheck inspection blitz this year focused on tires, and an analysis of inspection data shows that tread depth was by far the most common violation cited.

This year, Roadcheck was conducted June 7-9. Vigillo, which offers big data analysis through its Athena platform, analyzed inspection results from Roadcheck for a blog by Steve Bryan, founder and CEO.

The analysis showed there were 57,404 inspections conducted during Roadcheck in the 50 states. “The previous week Tuesday-Thursday recorded 36,030 inspections and the week after Roadcheck fell right back into a normal pattern with 35,159 inspections,” Bryan says, showing a definite increase in inspection activity during the event.


Roadcheck Begins: Don’t be sidelined by your tires

June 7, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

Roadcheck 2016 begins at 12:01 am Eastern time on Tuesday, June 7. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced in April that inspectors will be paying close attention to tires. They will be measuring tire tread depth, checking 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.


Drivers wise up for Roadcheck 2008

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The latest round of roadside inspection blitzes saw the lowest rate of out-of-service vehicles in two decades.


Industry checks in with safety improvement

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — Figures for the 2009 Roadcheck Annual Safety Blitz were recently released and once again showed improvement, displaying the trucking’s high level of commitment to safety.


Get Ready for Blitz Week

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

GREENBELT, MD – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Roadcheck runs from June 3-5, 2014. During that 72-hour period, nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute from Canada to Mexico.