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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 3: The Paperwork

May 14, 2018 by elizabeth

We’re less than a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck sceduled for June 5-7 2018.

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.


Montreal blitz targets belts, phone use

May 9, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. – Drivers of heavy vehicles around Montreal were under the watchful eyes of enforcement teams who were riding an unmarked coach on Tuesday, during a blitz run by Controle Routier Quebec with the support of provincial police.

The higher vantage point gave the teams a clear look at whether drivers were using cell phones behind the wheel or not wearing seatbelts. Both offences will see steeper penalties in coming weeks.

“Most people now use their cell phone on their thighs,” said Marie-Josée Michaud, public relations officer for Contrôle Routier Québec. In a patrol car, that can be difficult to see, but there’s no problem from the higher position in a bus.


Drivewyze PreClear for PeopleNet Android

March 26, 2018 by John Smith

PeopleNet is making the Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass app available on the PeopleNet Android platform. Drivewyze offers bypass opportunities in Alberta and almost 700 locations in the U.S. And the app will now be pre-loaded on PeopleNet Android devices […]


Electronic inspection trial expected this year

February 27, 2018 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Electronic roadside inspections are moving closer to reality thanks to mandated electronic logging devices (ELDs) and inspection requirements defined by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).


Video highlights U-joint inspection, replacement

April 25, 2017 by John Smith

ELGIN, IL – SKF has released an online video showing how to inspect and replace a U-joint on a commercial vehicle, using the rear driveshaft U-joint on a 2017 Freightliner Cascadia for the demonstration.


Clear the Way: Bypass programs perfect carrot to offset enforcement stick

March 30, 2017 John G. Smith

I was introduced to the concept of a hospital triage by watching episodes of MASH in the 1970s and early ’80s. Centered around the happenings of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War, the show’s TV doctors were regularly seen moving through the latest batch of wounded soldiers, deciding who could wait and who needed immediate attention. (They also looked for new ways to torment Frank Burns, but I digress.)


CVSA’s Safe Driver blitz set for Oct. 16-22

October 13, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – Oct. 16-22 marks the latest scheduled enforcement blitz for North America’s commercial motor vehicles as part of Operation Safe Driver Week.


Ontario kicks off tire safety blitz near Wonderland

April 27, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

VAUGHAN, ON – Ontario’s first multi-agency truck safety blitz of the season got underway Wednesday at Canada’s Wonderland off Hwy. 400, just north of Toronto.

Officials from the Ministry of Transportation, OPP, and York Regional Police kicked off the commercial vehicle safety initiative with zero tolerance for wheel defects.

The first truck inspection of the day for Ontario transportation enforcement officer, Samantha Sarasin, was a Level 1 inspection that took about 30 minutes. The truck appeared to be in fairly sound order, except for a malfunctioning signal light on the trailer, and some dampness around a seal on a rear wheel. Sarasin allowed the driver to pull around to a private area to fix the taillight.

“The next time they get that vehicle into the shop, they can take a look at that dampness,” Sarasin suggested.


Runaway and Repeat

April 20, 2016 John G. Smith

I’m experiencing a new day and new job at Today’s Trucking, but there is no escaping the sense of déjà vu. Yes, I still lean on my GPS to find the office, and I think it will be several months before I remember the phone number, but something feels oddly familiar. Too familiar.


Time is US $9.26 at a roadside scale

April 10, 2016 John G. Smith

Time is money, and this is particularly true when you’re stuck at a roadside scale. Even if everything is in running order, drivers still have to wait their turn before being waved on their way.


U.S. Roadside Inspections Saved 7,000 lives since 2001

March 1, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – Commercial vehicle roadside safety inspection and traffic enforcement programs have saved more than 7,000 lives since 2001, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.


One in Five High-Risk Exports Never Inspected at Border

February 5, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

OTTAWA, ON – A new report from Canada’s Auditor General has found that one in five high-risk shipments flagged by the Canada Border Services Agency is never inspected.

OTTAWA, ON – A new report from Canada’s Auditor General has found that one in five high-risk shipments flagged by the Canada Border Services Agency is never inspected.

Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s report notes that exports are vital to Canada’s economy and prosperity, but issues such as CBSA staffing deficiencies and coverage during vacations and sick leaves are threatening border security.

Ferguson found that CBSA also relies on export declarations as a key method for identifying high-risk shipments, but that the agency is often not able to review all declarations. Further complicating the issue is that some exports are exempt from the requirement to be declared to the agency, such as shipments under $2,000, and the agency has limited authority to examine undeclared exports.


Auditor blasts NS truck enforcement system

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

HALIFAX — The highway vehicle inspection system in Nova Scotia is in need of a fix, says the province’s inspector general, who found that it’s too easy for truckers to avoid inspection.


PEI increases pre-trip list and fines

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

CHARLOTTETOWN — P.E.I. Transportation and Public Works recently increased truckers’ inspection checklist from seven items to 24, and will make fines for non-compliance much higher.



August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

A new RFID vehicle-inspection and reporting system comes from Seattle’s Zonar Systems, LLC.