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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 6: Wheel Ends

May 16, 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.

In this episode we look at wheel ends.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 4: First Things First

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.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 1: An Overview

May 9, 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 and answer a key question: What does a CVSA decal actually tell inspectors?

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Roadside inspection standards updated

May 4, 2018 by John Smith

GREENBELT, Md. – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has updated a series of roadside inspection standards, including rules for those using electronic logging devices (ELDs), and the procedures for inspecting motor coach monocoque frames and suspensions. The changes were approved […]

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Brake Safety Day finds 14% brakes out of service

November 9, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON – North American enforcement teams completed 7,698 inspections during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Day on September 7, placing 14% of vehicles out of service for brake-related violations.

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Ontario wheel losses on the rise: police

October 19, 2017 by John Smith

MILTON, ON – Ontario police have grounded hundreds of trucks during targeted inspection blitzes in 2017, and are also tracking an increasing number of runaway wheels.

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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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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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Roadcheck begins today, has cargo securement focus

June 6, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance marks its 30th annual international Roadcheck inspection blitz from June 6-8, averaging about 17 Level 1 inspections across North America every minute – and cargo securement will receive some added attention along the way.

About one in 10 Out of Service violations during the annual blitz are already for improper loading or improper cargo securement. The most common securement-related violations recorded in 2015, the last time cargo securement was a special focus for the blitz, was failure to prevent shifting/loss of load. Other common challenges included failure to secure truck equipment, damaged tiedowns, insufficient tiedowns, and loose tiedowns.

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IN PRINT — A Sense of Scale: The push for more bypass programs is on

March 30, 2017 by John Smith

Time is money when stuck in the lineups for roadside inspection facilities. Drivewyze, the Canadian maker of an app used to bypass these ever-dreaded “coops”, has clocked a typical delay at three minutes and 37 seconds per truck – or about $12 per visit when considering fuel, labor and downtime. Those who are actually pulled in for an inspection can expect higher costs than that.

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Canada to spend $13M+ on vehicle inspection, research

March 23, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

OTTAWA, ON – The Liberals’ 2016 federal budget is proposing $7.3 million over two years to increase vehicle inspection capacity and develop a regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles.

As Finance Minister Bill Morneau unveiled Budget 2016 Tuesday in the House of Commons, he said the government also proposes to provide $5.4 million to the Motor Vehicle Test Centre in Blainville, Quebec, to enhance testing capacity at the facility.

In 2009, the federal government launched an initiative to stimulate the economy and create jobs by investing almost $15 million in the modernization of the Quebec vehicle facility, called PMG Technologies Test and Research Centre. The modernization was completed in 2011 and included the replacement and expansion of the crash lab to include moving car-to- moving car capability.

Today’s Trucking is awaiting word from Transport Canada on exactly how vehicle inspection capacity will be increased. Stay tuned.

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SESSION: Fleet Mentors and Inspection Talk Set for Mar. 29

February 16, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

GUELPH, ON – How best to utilize driver mentors within a fleet, and prepare for a roadside inspection are the two top-notch sessions to be hosted by the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) and the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) come March 29.

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You Will Be Tested on This

December 9, 2015 by sehui

Here’s what Canada’s new truck-inspection standards will mean to you. (P.S. If you’ve removed your DPF or bought a glider, you might want to read this over very closely indeed.)

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P.E.I. Ending Truck Disinfection Program at Year’s End

November 19, 2015 by sehui

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE — Truckers hauling potatoes on Prince Edward Island will have one less matter to contend with following a recent decision by officials in the province to close the truck disinfection station in the town of Borden-Carleton and remove mobile units by Dec. 31.

According to CBC News, under the program, trucks carrying potatoes are sprayed to help prevent bacterial ring rot.

However, in an interview with www.todaystrucking.com an official with the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) says the program is no longer needed because potatoes aren’t at risk of disease anymore, only the seed loads are potentially at risk.