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Clock is ticking toward U.S. ELD mandate

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Electronic Logging Devices (ELD’s) are on track to be mandated in the U.S. on December 18, as regulators finalize the underlying systems and prepare to relegate paper logbooks to the trash bin of history.

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Clock is ticking toward U.S. ELD mandate

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Electronic Logging Devices (ELD’s) are on track to be mandated in the U.S. on December 18, as regulators finalize the underlying systems and prepare to relegate paper logbooks to the trash bin of history.

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New president at CVSA

October 6, 2017 by John Smith

GREENBELT, MD – Captain Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol has been named the new president of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which has made several changes to its leadership team. Sean Mustatia of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure will serve as vice president of Region 5, which includes Canada.

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Out of service not enforceable until April on ELD’s

August 31, 2017 by elizabeth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is pushing back enforcement on the out-of-service criteria for the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate in the United States.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new congressionally mandated ELD regulations will still take effect on Dec. 18, 2017 as planned, and will still be enforceable from that date, however the CVSA announced this morning that inspectors will not be putting vehicles out of service until April 1, 2018.
Until the April 1 deadline inspectors will be noting violations and roadside inspection reports, and issuing citations to drivers at the inspector’s discretion.
The announcement will not affect the enforcement of out-of-service criteria for Hours of Service.

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3,000 driver violations flagged in CVSA blitz

August 22, 2017 by elizabeth

GREENBELT, MD – Nearly 3,000 drivers and 12,000 trucks were placed out-of-service by local law enforcement in Canada and the United States during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual road check blitz.
June 6-8, 2017 marked the 30th anniversary of the annual enforcement event, called International Roadcheck. More than 62,000 large trucks and buses were given Level I, II, and III inspections over three days.

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Kennedy top Canadian at inspection championships

August 14, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Darren Kennedy of the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure earned the top Canadian honor at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 25th annual inspector championships, making him the first to hold a trophy remembering contributions of long-time contributor Sean McAlister.

Sean McAlister’s wife, Beverly Spencer, spoke at the awards ceremony and helped present the first Sean McAlister High Points Canada Award to winner Darren Kennedy.The competition was held in Orlando, Florida, from August 7-11, testing participants on inspections covering everything from North American Standard Level 1 procedures to hazardous materials and dangerous goods, cargo tank and bulk packaging, and passenger carrier vehicles, and out-of-service criteria.

Kennedy placed third overall in the category covering North American Standard Level 1 inspections. Lance Skoog of Alberta Justice and Solicitor General placed third in the North American Standard hazardous materials, dangerous goods, cargo tank, and bulk packagings inspection.

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Brake safety blitz results revealed

July 17, 2017 by John Smith

GREENBELT, MD – About 12% of the 9,500 vehicles inspected during a surprise Brake Safety Day on May 3 were placed out of service because of brake defects, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says.

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Jurisdictions investigating IT for electronic inspections

July 14, 2017 by John Smith

GREENBELT, MD – Several jurisdictions are beginning to investigate the information technology needed to introduce recently defined Level VIII Electronic Inspections, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance reports.

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New inspection procedures for intermodal containers

June 12, 2017 by John Smith

GREENBELT, MD – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which sets the standards for roadside inspections across North America, has issued a new bulletin for securing intermodal containers on container chassis.

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Ep 1: An Introduction

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, introduce the video series that will explain every step in a CVSA inspection. And it answers a key question: What does a CVSA decal actually tell inspectors?

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Ep 2: Minor vs Major Defects

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, explore the differences between major defects — that immediately ground a vehicle — and the identified minor defects that will allow trucks to continue their journey.

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Ep 3: The Paperwork

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

A driver’s paperwork confirms everything from personal credentials to vehicle registration, pre-trip inspection results and more. Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, explore the items that inspectors look for during a roadside inspection.

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Ep 4: First Things First

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Every Level 1 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection begins with the same series of steps. Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, explore what will happen when you pull into a roadside inspection facility.

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Ep 5: The Front of the Truck

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Did you know the time of day can make a difference in whether a lighting problem is a major or minor defect? Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, answer these questions and more when stopping at the front of a truck during a CVSA Level 1 inspection.

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Ep 6: Wheel Ends

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Ontario currently has zero tolerance for wheel-related defects. But wherever you operate, wheels will be a part of a roadside inspection. Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, explore what inspectors are looking for when they stop at a wheel end during a Level 1 inspection.