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Tire safety to be emphasis of annual 72-hour inspection blitz in June!!
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced its annual International Roadcheck, which will take place June 7-9, will have a special emphasis on tire safety this year. Inspectors will be measuring tire tread depth, checking tire pressure, checking to make sure no items are lodged between dual tires and examining the overall condition of the tires.
Of all of the violations within the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC/SMS category, the 9 main tire related violations all carry a SMS Severity weight of 8 points. With only 2 small exceptions, that makes these violationsthe most severe in the entire category!
So, even a single tire violation during the upcoming inspection blitz can be very dangerous for your Vehicle Maintenance BASIC scores. One major tire violation (8 points) x 3 (time weight) = 24 VM BASIC points per major tire violation for the next 6 months. Don’t forget to tack on another 2 points if the tire issue is bad enough to fall into the Out Of Service range.
The time to act is now!!
Consider doing your annual inspection for all of your tractors and trailers prior to June. Focus on having inservice inspections completed well and take any needed corrective actions as soon as possible.
If you need any help with understanding your CSA BASIC scores or the SMS and how you can improve your scores, please check out www.CarrierSaferySurvey.co!