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What Are the Types of CVSA Inspection Types You Might Encounter?

There is an increased focus on commercial trucking safety across the country, and it's taking the form of more inspections and more conversations about increasing regulations. While you may be familiar with routine inspections and making sure your vehicle is operating safely, knowing what to expect a CVSA roadside inspections can help you prepare your paperwork and anticipate areas for inspection so you can keep your vehicle safe and your driving record clear.

What are the different types of CVSA roadside inspections?

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has seven levels of roadside inspections, and each one focuses on different areas of safety and compliance. Levels I through IV are the most common type of inspection and, of the four million inspections carried out annually across the continent, are the most likely types you'll encounter.

  • Level I inspections are the most comprehensive. This is a 37-step inspection and includes a focus on the driver, paperwork, and the vehicle.
  • Level II inspections are less comprehensive than Level I inspections and include all of the areas of focus that can be examined or inspected without getting under the vehicle.
  • Level III inspections, called Driver/Credential Inspections, focus on just the driver and paperwork with no inspection of the vehicle. This is a common type of inspection for roadside stops.
  • Level IV inspections focus on one specific element and are used to study trends. These are called 'Special Inspections' and usually help form future regulations or policies.

The other three inspection types are far less common and are typically required only for specific vehicles, like school buses, or vehicles carrying particular types of cargo. 

Getting stopped for a roadside inspection is always stressful. But if you know what to anticipate before they happen, you can make sure your records and vehicle are prepared ahead of time and feel more confident during the process. To stay informed on current regulation trends and changes in policy, go to National Truck & Equipment Sales.


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