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This year’s Roadcheck inspection blitz will emphasize anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and cargo securement violations, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which runs the annual event.

Taking place May 16-18, International Roadcheck involves approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified inspectors across North America performing truck and bus safety inspections. At least year’s event, over 59,000 inspections resulted in 12,500 commercial vehicles and 3,700 drivers being placed out of service (OOS).

Brake violations are common

Each year, Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations, and this year there are two: ABS and cargo securement.

By far, brake system violations are the most common vehicle violation found during Roadcheck, comprising over 25 percent of all vehicle OOS violations during the 2022 event. Cargo securement violations came in fourth place, at nearly 11 percent of vehicle OOS violations.


While they may result in a citation, ABS violations will not normally cause a vehicle to be placed OOS. However, a properly functioning ABS is critical for safety because it will prevent wheels from locking up or skidding, which helps the driver maintain control.

Make sure your drivers watch the ABS diagnostic indicators during their pre- and post-trip inspections to ensure the ABS is functioning properly. If an ABS lamp fails to light up during the diagnostic check or remains lit while in transit, there’s an ABS malfunction that needs to be addressed.

A serious and immediate risk

Cargo securement violations, on the other hand, are likely to result in the vehicle being placed OOS because they pose a serious and immediate risk to other motorists. Make sure your drivers:

  • Know how to properly load and secure their cargo, and
  • Are verifying proper securement during their pre-trip inspections and periodically during each trip, as required in 49 CFR 392.9.

What to expect

During a Roadcheck inspection in these two areas, your drivers can expect the inspector to take the actions outlined below.


  • Determine if ABS is required on the vehicle(s).
  • If it is, then ensure the ABS lamp cycles on and off during the diagnostic check.
  • Look for signs of an ABS malfunction, such as lamps remaining on during transit.

Cargo securement:

  • Ensure everything on the vehicle is secure, including the cargo, spare tire(s), tools, dunnage, etc.
  • Make sure there are enough tiedowns for the weight and length of the cargo.
  • Look for defective securement devices, such as loose or torn straps, knotted or bent chains, damaged winches, etc.
  • Inspect the anchor points for any damage.
  • Make sure that any commodity-specific cargo securement rules are being followed.

As with most vehicle violations found during any roadside inspection, most violations caught during Roadcheck could have been found during routine maintenance and inspections. During this year’s Roadcheck — and at all times of the year — make sure your:

  • Vehicles are inspected and maintained on a regular basis, and
  • Drivers are fully qualified to be behind the wheel.

Key to remember: This year’s Roadcheck event, taking place in mid-May, will emphasize the ABS and cargo securement. Make sure your drivers and vehicles are ready for a roadside inspection on May 16-18, 2023, and all other days of the year!