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Inspection Bulletin 2005-02 Tractor Protection Systems


This Inspection Bulletin 2005-02 Tractor Protection Systems outlines the procedures used to test tractor protection systems during roadside inspections and identifies when a power unit or trailer is in violation and/or in an out-of-service (OOS) condition. This Inspection Bulletin also provides information on the function of tractor or towing-vehicle protection systems.

If you have comments, questions, or concerns, please contact Collin Mooney at 202-775-1623, ext. 108 or by email at

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Idaho Inspector Wins 2005 North American Inspectors Championship


Tony Anderson, a CVSA-certified North American Standard Level I inspector from Idaho, took top honors at the North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC) as the winner of the Grand Champion Award for his combined performances in eight competition elements;

  • North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Exam
  • Personal Interview
  • North American Standard Level I Inspection
    • Part "A" Driver/Credentials Inspection
    • Part "B" Vehicle Inspection
    • North American Standard Inspection Procedure
  • North American Standard Hazardous Materials/Transportation of Dangerous Goods
    • Package Inspection
    • Cargo Tank/Bulk Package Inspection
  • North American Standard Level V Passenger Vehicle Inspection

Forty nine CVSA-certified North American Standard Level I roadside inspectors competed in the 13th annual Championship that was held in Tampa, FL, August 15-21. Six inspectors represented Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan). Two inspectors represented Mexico-SCT and the United States was represented by forty-one inspectors.

As part of the activities, the inspectors spent two days in training classes that included the following subjects; electronic onboard recorders, CVSA operational policy 4 and 5, driver interviewing techniques, false logs, operating authority verification, and driver fatigue.

Contestants also received the most recent regulations, on-the-job tools, and safety publications compliments of CVSA and various sponsors.

The following is a complete list of the winners:

Grand Champion: Tony Anderson - Idaho

North American Standard Level I Inspection

  1. Tony Anderson - Idaho
  2. Eric Ikes - Arizona
  3. Wendy Carriere - Alberta

North American Standard Level V Passenger Vehicle Inspection

  1. Robert McNamara - North Dakota
  2. Wendy Carriere - Alberta
  3. Richard Kastner - Wisconsin

North American Standard Hazardous Materials/Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Cargo Tank/Bulk Packagings Inspection

  1. Shawn Melson - Texas
  2. Tony Anderson - Idaho
  3. Tad Krape - Kansas

For the first time in history, there was a three-way tie for the John Youngblood Award. John, a staff member for the first two championships, was killed in the ‘95 Oklahoma City bombings. Wendy Carriere (Alberta), Mario McGraw (New Brunswick), and Jack Alderman (Tennessee) received this prestigious award. The award is presented each year to the inspector who best demonstrates these qualities: congeniality, leadership, integrity, professionalism and commitment.

The newly established Team Award, which recognizes the team that best demonstrates camaraderie and accumulates the highest point average, was presented to the Blue team. The Blue team was represented by; Matthew Koll (South Dakota), Tony Anderson (Idaho), Brian Dandrea (Montana), Samuel Nichols (Washington), Thomas Michael (Ohio), Mario McGraw (New Brunswick), and Paul Richardson (Michigan).

The high points winners: Wendy Carriere (Alberta, Canada); Tony Anderson (Idaho, United States); and Armando Garcia (Mexico SCT, Mexico).

The award presenters were Bill Paden, Associate Administrator-Enforcement and Program Delivery, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA); Captain Ron Cordova, CVSA 2005 President, and Stephen F. Campbell, CVSA Executive Director. Mr. Campbell presented recognition awards to the American Trucking Associations and the Florida Department of Transportation for their tremendous support of this year's event.

The North American Inspectors Championship is funded by the FMCSA and managed by the CVSA. The Championship's theme is "Education, Performance and Uniformity". The NAIC is the only event dedicated to recognizing and rewarding commercial vehicle inspector excellence. The NAIC has been recognized by the Association Society of Association Executives as an event that "Advances America."

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Educating Truck Drivers and Mechanics on Brake Safety


Beginning August 28 and continuing through September 3, a special "educational event" entitled Brake Safety Awareness Week will take place across the U.S. and Canada at a number of truck stops and other locations where truck drivers and mechanics congregate. Brake Safety Awareness Week is part of Operation Air Brake, a larger campaign sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to promote commercial vehicle brake safety.

Braking systems on commercial vehicles are complicated and contain many parts that need constant inspection and attention to ensure proper operation and performance. By far, brakes comprise the largest percentage of out-of-service violations that are cited during roadside inspections. Approximately 3 million roadside inspections are conducted annually throughout North America; however, the industry estimates there are several hundred million truck trips annually. We are only scratching the surface with the enforcement efforts - but safety is also about education, and we need to do more.

Brake Safety Awareness Week is an educational event. It will concentrate solely on the importance of proper commercial vehicle brake inspection, maintenance and operation. CVSA Certified inspectors will be teaming up with trucking companies, trucking associations, truck stops and brake suppliers to educate drivers and mechanics on the proper steps to take for inspecting and maintaining commercial vehicle brakes, with a special emphasis on brake adjustment.

Since this event is strictly educational, if problems are discovered during an inspection, the driver will encouraged to fix identified problems before going out on the road. Many truck stops will be offering free brake adjustments and discounts on any necessary repairs. Citations will not be issued by participating jurisdictions during this activity.

In addition to explanations of brake safety and how to avoid accidents caused by brake failure, drivers will receive educational and other helpful information to take with them, such as the CVSA brochure "Have Your Checked Your Brakes Today.", as well as the CVSA "Spot Check" brake adjustment indicators drivers can install to help measure if their brakes are in compliance.

Over the years, the need for more information and awareness for drivers and mechanics of how braking systems operate has become apparent by various research reports, information gathered in surveys, investigations and other means. For example, the National Transportation Safety Board has investigated a number of high-profile commercial vehicle crashes where they identified problems associated with brake operation, inspector and/or maintenance that contributed to the crashes.

The Brake Safety Awareness Week event is receiving acceptance by major trucking industry organizations such as the American Trucking Associations, truck stop organizations including Travel Centers of America, Ambest, Petro, Husky and trucking companies such as Landstar. "Safety is of paramount concern to motor carriers and will always be our top priority," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "Caring about safety and working to improve safety on our highways is the responsible and right thing to do. We applaud CVSA on their efforts and look forward to working with them during Brake Safety Awareness Week."

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and National Transportation Safety Board also recognize the value of this event and have helped in its planning.

"In the past 30 years, the Safety Board has investigated too many accidents in which too many people have died and too many people have been injured because of poorly maintained air brakes," said NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker. "To save lives and reduce these accidents, the Safety Board urges truckers and truck operators to improve safety by following air brake manufacturers' installation, inspection, and test procedures during and after air brake maintenance and by making pre-trip brake adjustment inspections. It is vital for manufacturers to install visible adjustment indicators and for inspectors to examine more trucks and upgrade brake inspector qualifications" Rosenker said.

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Truck and Bus Safety Inspectors to Compete in Championship Event


During the week of August 15-19, 49 highly-trained truck and bus safety inspectors from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico will gather in Tampa, Florida to participate in the 13th annual North American Inspectors Championship. Each inspector will have the honor of representing their state or province.

Throughout the week, the inspectors will test their abilities on how to determine whether truck and bus drivers and their vehicles meet federal safety requirements. While those who make the highest marks will receive prestigious awards, every inspector has an opportunity to expand upon their knowledge of safety by attending classes on the latest technology, procedures and regulations concerning hours of service, hazardous material transportation, out-of-service and homeland security. The Championship event also provides an opportunity for the inspectors to share ideas with each other on techniques and personal experiences.

The competing inspectors are among the nearly 10,000 safety inspectors who play an important role in promoting highway safety throughout North America by conducting more than three million inspections per year. Their continuing goal is to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from crashes that involve commercial vehicles. While most of the inspections are conducted at roadside enforcement stations, there is a growing use of mobile enforcement stations that are helping to improve safety on our nation's thoroughfares.

This event, which is funded by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is managed by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and its team of international, inter-agency and private industry individuals who provide the inspector contestants with a memorable and empowering experience.

The North American Inspectors Championship event will take place at the Tampa Convention Center where the American Trucking Associations will be conducting its annual National Trucking Driving Championship. The co-locating of the Championship is yet another step in an effort to advance highway safety in meaningful and significant ways. Members of the public are invited to observe the activities at both events.

For more information about the North American Inspectors Championship, visit: or contact CVSA at

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Roadcheck Posts Good Numbers


The Roadcheck 2005 seventy-two hour truck and bus inspection effort had a record number of inspections performed with 60,562 over the 3 day event held June 7-9. 9,903 inspectors participated in the event at 1,348 locations throughout North America. Both vehicle and driver out of service rates dropped for the first time in 3 years, from 23.9 in 2004 to 22.6 this year, and 5.0 (2004) to 4.5 percent (2005) for vehicles and drivers respectively. These are significant decreases. 30,202 CVSA Decals were issued to vehicles passing the inspection, also a record number for the 3 day event.

In the United States, the vehicle out of service rate went from 25.0 percent in 2004 to 23.3 percent this year. For drivers it went from 5.3 to 4.7 percent. In Canada, vehicle out of service rates went from 20.5 percent in 2004 to 17.4 percent in 2005, and for drivers went from 3.1 to 3.0 percent.

However, looking deeper into the numbers tells a different story. Of the 5,241 hazardous materials inspections, 19.6 percent of vehicles (19.1 in 2004) and 2.4 percent of drivers (2.3 in 2004) were placed out of service. For motorcoaches, 11.7 percent of vehicles (9.6 in 2004) and 2.7 percent of drivers (2.7 in 2004) were placed out of service resulting from the 860 inspections. There were 1,143 citations issued for safety belt violations, up from 755 last year. The chart below is a detailed comparison between 2004 and 2005, providing a detailed breakdown of the out-of-service violations.

OOS Violation Table

Hours of service for drivers paints an interesting picture this year. In the U.S., 3.8 percent of the inspections conducted during Roadcheck 2005 resulted in an out-of-service condition for hours of service (up from 3.44 percent in 2004), versus 1.3 percent in Canada (down from 2.5 percent in 2004.)

CVSA Executive Director Stephen F. Campbell commented "We congratulate the efforts of roadside enforcement for their ability to continuously perform at a high level. The inspections conducted during Roadcheck are more than 2 ½ times their normal output, which results in more lives saved." FMCSA Administrator Annette M. Sandberg said "Roadcheck reminds us of the important role that roadside inspectors play in maintaining safety on our nation's highways. By pulling potentially unsafe commercial vehicles and drivers off the road, they are helping to save lives and to prevent large-truck crashes."

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance sponsors the annual Roadchecks with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico.)

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Ensuring Safe Transportation of Radioactive Material


From October 1, 2002 through December 31, 2004, the North American Standard Level VI Inspection Program on Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) shipments had an increased level of safety over the previous reporting period. Of these inspections, 93.42% had no violations.

The Level VI Inspection Program continues to find fewer violations and even fewer out-of-service violations. The Level I and Level VI combined out-of-service rate for vehicles is 2.5% and 0.1% for drivers. Most notable for the WIPP shipments is that fewer than 1% of inspections, for both vehicle and driver, find Level I out-of-service violations (that is, the more serious violations). The vehicle and driver combined percentage also is less than 1%. This continued improvement is attributed to the importance the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the carriers place on keeping the dedicated equipment maintained and using dedicated high-quality drivers.

The continued ultimate goal of the North American Standard Level VI Inspection Program for Transuranic Waste and Highway Route Controlled Quantities (HRCQ) of Radioactive Material is the safe, uneventful shipments of radioactive materials from origin to destination. The states, carriers and DOE are proud of the continued excellent safety program that keeps driver and vehicle out-of-service rates very low. Low out-of-service rates help lead to a low number of incidents. The 93.42% of inspections during this period with no violations shows the determination by the states, carriers, and DOE to continue to improve this program.

CVSA is a not-for-profit organization of state, provincial, and federal officials responsible for the administration and enforcement of motor carrier safety laws in the United States, Canada and Mexico. CVSA was established to promote an environment free of commercial vehicle accidents and incidents. Its mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers.

More information regarding the North American Standard Level VI Inspection Program is located at Direct inquires to Larry Stern, CVSA/DOE Program Director at or 304-292-1601.

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ROADCHECK 2005 - Saving Lives Is Our Business


Each day approximately 10,000 CVSA certified law enforcement officers are saving lives on highways all across North America.

  • They are helping to protect every one of us from unsafe truck and bus operators
  • They are taking action against aggressive car drivers operating in an unsafe manner around commercial vehicles
  • They are on the watch for, and taking action on, security threats

From 2001 to 2003, roadside inspection and traffic enforcement activities on trucks and buses conducted by these certified officers saved 2,241 lives and helped to avoid 37,424 injuries and 49,126 crashes. Between 1998 and 2003, there was a 48 percent increase in the number of lives saved from these activities. Working together, we are achieving results!

Roadcheck is an important reminder of the critical role these officers play every day in the health and well-being of everyone who travels the highways. During this Roadcheck event, federal, state, provincial and local officers will be conducting North American Standard Inspections around the clock from June 7-9 throughout North America. These inspections involve a comprehensive 37-step procedure which includes items related to vehicle, driver and cargo safety. Officers also will be giving drivers educational materials on various aspects of commercial vehicle and driver safety. Last year, 57,865 inspections were conducted by 8,185 officers at 1,200 sites during the 3-day event.

Roadcheck 2005 will place special emphasis on motorcoach safety and the importance of safety belts and transportation security. The media kickoff will be held June 7 at 10 a.m. in Hyattstown, Maryland at the Interstate 270 Southbound weigh station. The Maryland State Police and Maryland Department of Transportation are hosting the event. Several keynote speakers, most notably Annette Sandberg, Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will be present to kick off this year's effort. They will be accompanied by members of the Maryland State Police who will demonstrate several of the enforcement activities that will be conducted at inspection facilities across North America.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is a not-for-profit association of local, state, provincial, and federal officials responsible for the administration and enforcement of truck and bus safety laws in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Our mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. This is accomplished by establishing effective transportation safety standards for motor carriers, drivers, vehicles, and inspectors through compliance, education, training, and enforcement programs. In addition, CVSA has more than 470 associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals. These associate members include truck and bus companies, industry associations, insurance companies, manufacturers, safety and security product and service providers, research organizations, commercial vehicle drivers, academia, and individuals dedicated to highway safety and security.

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Law Enforcement Helps to Protect You on the Highways


Roadcheck 2005, the 18th annual international truck and motorcoach safety and security event, will take place June 7 - June 9 for 72 continuous hours throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States.

These annual events are about protecting people and making our highways a safer and more secure place to travel. The role of the CVSA-Certified inspector is critical in helping this cause. More than 3 million roadside inspections are conducted annually throughout North America by specially trained inspectors. This year's event also highlights the importance of safety belts, motorcoach safety and commercial vehicle security.

The general public continues to express concern about large trucks. However, the increasing presence and activity of roadside law enforcement is having a positive impact. In each of the last 6 years where data is available (1998-2003), the fatality rate for crashes involving large trucks has declined. Over the same time period there was a 36 percent increase in the number of roadside inspections conducted. This is not a coincidence.

In addition, over the last few years Roadcheck activities have expanded to include more ways to reduce accidents and save lives by helping to educate drivers. In the last five years more than 1 million pieces of educational literature have been distributed to drivers during Roadcheck.

To help educate the general public on the importance of the roadside inspection program, Roadcheck 2005 will include a media kick off event hosted by the Maryland State Police. This event will be held June 7 at the Hyattstown, Maryland inspection station on Interstate 270 Southbound. National, regional and local dignitaries will be participating in this event.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance sponsors the annual Roadchecks with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, Transportation Security Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and the Secretariat of Communication and Transportation (Mexico). CVSA's members include enforcement agencies and industry representatives throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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CVSA and NATMI Partner to Provide Inspection Familiarization Seminars


The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and The North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) are working together to provide participating state/provincial trucking associations with North American Standard Roadside Inspection Familiarization Seminars.

In a one-day seminar, truck and motorcoach owners learn how to avoid costly violations of safety rules, vehicle downtime and potential crashes. The Inspection Familiarization Seminar helps the commercial vehicle industry learn how to make sure its drivers and vehicles pass a CVSA Critical Item Inspection and earn a CVSA decal. Seminar participants also gain the tools they need to detect a vehicle's safety-related defects or violations before it enters a highway. The Seminar also teaches the different levels of truck and motorcoach inspections, the inspecting officer's Critical Item Checklist and the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria. The Seminar concludes with a practical, hands-on, walk-around inspection. To enroll in the Inspection Familiarization Seminar, visit

"This is a great partnership between the leading organization representing the commercial vehicle enforcement community and the leading industry training organization," says Jeff Arnold, Executive Director of NATMI. "We want to make this training available to the widest audience, which is best achieved through our relationships with state/provincial trucking associations."

Stephen F. Campbell, Executive Director of the CVSA, says, "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with NATMI in providing training that ultimately will save lives as we work to improve safety on the highways."

CVSA began in 1980 as an informal gathering of western state and provincial agencies responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. It has grown to include all 50 states, the U.S. Territories, all Canadian provinces and territories and the country of Mexico. Through CVSA's efforts, the commercial vehicle safety and enforcement agencies in North America have developed a program of uniform compliance and enforcement of motor carrier safety that has reduced the number and severity of commercial motor carrier accidents and incidents.

NATMI was established to provide professional development for safety, maintenance and training professionals in the motor transportation industry. NATMI provides the only national recognized university accredited certification program for fleet safety, fleet maintenance and driver.

For more information please contact CVSA at 202-775-1623 or email You may also contact Jeff Arnold at 720-887-0835 or email

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New CVSA - DOE Cooperative Agreement to Focus on Public Outreach and a Comprehensive Peer Review of the North American Standard Level VI Inspection Program


The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has a new cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of National Transportation on Level VI inspections of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste shipments into Yucca Mountain.

Under this agreement, CVSA is greatly enhancing its efforts to get information out to the public on the very successful CVSA North American Standard Level VI Inspection Program for Transuranic Waste and Highway Route Controlled Quantities (HRCQ) of Radioactive Material. CVSA will be traveling throughout the United States to implement a public outreach program that will include participating with DOE stakeholders at various local and national meetings. A complete listing of the meeting schedule can be found at

The North American Standard Inspection for Transuranic Waste and Highway Route Controlled Quantities (HRCQ) of Radioactive Material is an inspection for select radiological shipments, which include inspection procedures, enhancements to the North American Standard Level I inspection, radiological requirements, and the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria for Transuranic Waste and Highway Route Controlled Quantities (HRCQ) of Radioactive Material.

As of January 1, 2005, all vehicles and carriers transporting highway route controlled quantities (HRCQ) of radioactive material are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and required to pass the North American Standard Level VI Inspection at the point of origin.

Previously, DOE voluntarily complied with the North American Standard Level VI Inspection Program requirements.

Select radiological shipments include highway route controlled quantities (HRCQ) of radioactive material as defined by Title 49 CFR Section 173.403. And, because only a small fraction of transuranics are HRCQ, DOE has decided to include its transuranic waste shipments in the North American Standard Level VI Inspection Program.

CVSA also will be conducting a Peer Review on the Level VI Program. This review will be a comprehensive review of five states' Level VI Inspection Program. The review will be conducted by a team leader and a five-member peer review group who are members of the CVSA RAM Subcommittee and representatives of the Western Governors Association, Southern States Energy Board, The Council of State Governments Midwestern and North East Offices, WIPP Carriers, and DOE.

As of this time, South Carolina State Transport Police, Colorado State Patrol and Port of Entry, and Tennessee Highway Patrol have accepted our invitation to participate in the Peer Review of the Level VI Inspection Program.

For additional information on the North American Standard Level VI Inspection Program contact Larry Stern, CVSA/DOE Program Director, at or 304-292-1601.

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