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March 5, 2021 2:30 PM, EST

CVSA Cancels North American Inspectors Championship in Minnesota

NAIC 2019Scene from NAIC 2019 by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has canceled this year’s North American Inspectors Championship, which had been scheduled to take place in August in Minneapolis, the trade group announced March 5.

The next championship is scheduled for Aug. 15-19, 2022, in Indianapolis.

The North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC) is an annual CVSA competition and training event that trains, tests, recognizes and awards commercial motor vehicle inspector excellence. Each jurisdiction sends its best commercial motor vehicle inspector to compete against top inspectors from other jurisdictions throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States.

The championship event convenes concurrently with American Trucking Associations’ National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, including a combined driver and inspector awards ceremony.

Due to ATA’s recent announcement that this year’s national driver competition has been canceled, the CVSA board of directors and NAIC program leadership made the decision to cancel the inspector competition.

For the second summer in a row, the National Truck Driving Championships & National Step Van Driving Championships are being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a Feb. 17 letter to the truck driving community, ATA President Chris Spear listed a multitude of reasons that led the federation to forgo the event.

“After discussing major challenges such as travel bans, equipment donations, CDC restrictions, ability for state trucking associations to host events prior to August and building capacity in Minneapolis, the decision has been made to cancel” the events, Spear said.

This year’s truck driver competition had been scheduled for Aug. 11-14 in Minneapolis.

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