CVSA Inspections – 7 Inspection Levels Explained

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You’ll often hear truckers throwing around terms like “Level I Inspection” or saying something like “He gave me a Level III.” But many truckers don’t know what the various levels of inspections are or what is involved when an officer performs them. The CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) is an international organization. It is made up of motor carrier safety officials at local, state and Federal levels as well as trucking industry representatives in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Generally, drivers need only concern themselves with Level I, Level II, Level III, and Level VI inspections.

Here is a quick, concise guide to CVSA inspection levels.

Level I- North American Standard Inspection

Paperwork: driver’s license, medical card (medical examiner’s certificate/DOT physical), log book, vehicle inspection reports, and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificates if applicable.

Driver: seat belt use, alcohol and drugs

Vehicle: brake systems, exhaust systems, fuel systems, electrical systems (cables and batteries), steering mechanisms, frames, suspensions, tires, wheels, rims, hubs, lighting (head lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, brake lights, tail lights), coupling devices (if trailer is present), load securement, condition of trailer bodies (if present), windshield wipers, and emergency exits. If the load contains Hazardous Materials, a Haz-Mat officer will inspect Haz-Mat items.

Level II- Walk Around and Paperwork

The inspector performs a Level I inspection with the exception that, in the walk around inspection, the inspector is unlikely to examine anything that requires getting under the vehicle.

Level III- Paperwork Only

Paperwork: driver’s license, medical card (medical examiner’s certificate/DOT physical), log book, vehicle inspection reports, and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificates if applicable.

Driver: seat belt use, alcohol and drugs

Level IV- Special Inspections

These inspections are usually part of a study to determine if a particular trend is occurring. Inspections are generally made of just one item or aspect.

Level V- Vehicle Only

The driver is not present for this inspection; driver related items are not inspected.

Vehicle: brake systems, exhaust systems, fuel systems, electrical systems (cables and batteries), steering mechanisms, frames, suspensions, tires, wheels, rims, hubs, lighting (head lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, brake lights, tail lights), coupling devices (if trailer is present), load securement, condition of trailer bodies (if present), windshield wipers, and emergency exits. If the load contains Hazardous Materials, a Haz-Mat officer will inspect Haz-Mat items.

Level VI- North American Standard Inspection for Transuranic Waste and Highway route Controlled Quantities of Radioactive Materials

Inspectors perform a Level I inspection. In addition, inspectors ensure that radiological requirements and Transuranic Waste and Highway route Controlled Quantities of Radioactive Materials requirements are met.

Level VII- Jurisdictional Mandated Commercial Vehicle Inspection

Other inspection programs that are required by various jurisdictions for the inspection of, for example, limousines and school buses. No CVSA decal is issued for a Level VII inspection.

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Source by Suzanne Roquemore

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