Editorial: The Value of Zero

Mathematics started tens of thousands of years ago because Stone Age people needed to count what they had, or wanted, or even what they had lost. At the start, there was no need to formally quantify the concept of nothing, or zero. At some point, though, a clever person came up with the idea of zero and it revolutionized the use of numbers.

July 17, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Experts Say Inspection System Should Have Room to Give Credit for No Violations

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For years, truckers have been complaining that inspectors do not always submit reports to federal regulators giving them credit for no violations or “clean” roadside inspections.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
July 13, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

12% of Trucks Inspected on Brake Safety Day Placed Out of Service

Eric Miller/Transport Topics

Nearly eight out of 10 large trucks and buses did not have any critical violations during an unannounced special brake inspection day across the United States and Canada earlier this year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced on July 12.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
July 12, 2017

CVSA Gears Up for 30th Annual Roadcheck

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Will Schaefer, director of safety programs for the nation’s top commercial vehicle inspectors group, has some advice for motor carriers whose trucks will be on the road June 6-8: Make sure that your maintenance programs are keeping up with your vehicles and remind your drivers to keep their log books current.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
May 29, 2017

Moving Violations Dominate Citations During Operation Safe Driver Week

Moving violations were clearly the biggest unsafe driving behavior during Operation Safe Driver Week, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced Dec. 7.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
December 7, 2016

Out-of-Service Rates Inch Up in CVSA’s Brake Week Blitz


Commercial motor vehicle officers reported that 13.2% of trucks and buses examined were placed out of service for brake violations during a weeklong law-enforcement operation, compared with OOS rates of 12.3% last year and 16.2% in 2014.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2016

More Than a Fifth of Vehicles Taken Out of Service During Roadcheck, CVSA Reports

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More than a fifth of the vehicles that received the comprehensive Level I inspection during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual International Roadcheck were taken out of service during the June 7-9 event, CVSA reported on Oct. 20.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
October 20, 2016

Operation Safe Driver Week Is Underway

Operation Safe Driver Week, conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and sponsored with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, begins Oct. 16 and runs through Oct. 22.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
October 14, 2016

Unannounced CVSA Inspection Puts 12.4% of Inspected Vehicles Out of Service

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

Inspectors across North America placed 12.4% of inspected vehicles out of service with brake violations in a special unannounced brake check day earlier this year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced on July 26.

Transport Topics
July 26, 2016

Data Improvements Needed to Enhance Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, CVSA Official Says

WASHINGTON — The quality of data used in a federal state grant program needs to improve to ensure the program’s effectiveness, the president of a leading safety group told a Senate panel on July 12.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 12, 2016