NAIC Crowns Inspector Champions
PITTSBURGH — Truck inspectors from Arizona and Canada captured the top awards at the 22nd annual North American Inspectors Championship here this week.
The Grand Champion Award went to J.W. Watlington of the Arizona Department of Public Safety for his combined performances in six competitions.
The John Youngblood Award went to Roderick Dykeman of the Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department.
The award is given by the inspectors to one among them “who exemplifies the high standards and unwavering dedication to the profession,” said the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which sponsors the championships each year.
Forty nine roadside inspectors, those who enforce the federal regulations that govern truckers, participated in the championship event, which culminated with an awards banquet Friday night.
The inspectors competition is held simultaneously each year with the annual National Truck Driving Championships, which names its winners at a banquet on Saturday night.
“Each inspector leaves this competition as a winner,” said CVSA president Sgt. Thomas Fuller of the New York State Police.
“NAIC helps guide, educate and develop our industry’s future leaders,” Fuller said in a statement. “And the information, techniques and experiences participants will share with others when they return to their home jurisdictions will help improve consistency and reciprocity in highway safety enforcement.”
In addition to competing in the six inspection divisions, the 49 contestants participated in three days of training sessions conducted by CVSA.
“NAIC contestants not only test and sharpen their skills as participants in the competition, they also learn the latest CMV safety trends, technologies, standards and inspection procedures,” said CVSA Executive Director Stephen A. Keppler.
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