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Blitz results revealed by CVSA

December 18, 2017 by John Smith

GREENBELT, MD – Inspectors issued 59,193 warnings and citations in Canada and the U.S. during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA’s) Operation Safe Driver Week, which ran from October 15 to 21. And passenger vehicle drivers were more likely than their commercial counterparts to be caught speeding.
State and local moving violations represented 84.2% of the 38,878 warnings and citations for commercial vehicle drivers, with speeding (7.4%), failing to use a seat belt (2.6%), failing to obey a traffic control device (2.5%), and using a handheld phone (0.8%) rounding out the top five.
Among passenger vehicle drivers, the 20,315 citations and warnings involved speeding (43.5%), state and local moving violations (36.2%), failing to use a seat belt (9.4%), failing to obey a traffic control device (2.3%), and improper lane changes (1.5%).
Less than 1% of the warnings and citations were for following too closely.

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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.

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Ep 7: The Fuel Tank

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Every driver needs to monitor their fuel, but they also need to keep a watchful eye on fuel and DEF tanks. 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 visit fuel tanks, steps, and air system gladhands.

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Ep 8: The Duals

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, stop at a dual wheel assembly during a Level 1 inspection. There, they search for potential issues involving tire condition, spring hangers, fifth wheels and more.

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Ep 9: Trailer Sides

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, show what inspectors are looking for when they look down the sides of a typical van trailer.

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Ep 10: Trailer Bogie

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, stop at the trailer bogie assembly, where enforcement teams are looking at air lines, sliders, frames and more.

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Ep 11: Trailer Rear

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, stop at the rear of a trailer during a Level 1 inspection, to discuss the factors that enforcement teams are looking for at this location. Learn about lighting, doors, conspicuity markings, and more.

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Ep 12: Right Saddle Tank

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

When inspectors approach the right saddle tank on a truck, they are looking for more than potential fuel leaks. This is also where they are looking for signs of exhaust leaks — and not all of them are created equal. Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, discuss the difference between major and minor defects.

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Ep 13: Steering Components

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Inspectors aren’t looking at fluid levels when they pop open the hood during a Level 1 inspection. Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, discuss the search for major defects including the steering components, pitman arm, suspension, brake chamber and more.

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Ep 14: Brake Components

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Brakes continue to be the main source of defects identified during roadside inspections. Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, explore the related components including brake chambers, slack adjusters and more. And do you know the size of chamber you have? It makes a difference.