CVSA Schedules Operation Safe Driver Week for July 11-17

Truck on a highway The death rate on roads in 2020 increased 24% over the previous 12-month period, despite miles driven dropping 13%. (CVSA via Twitter)

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual event will target risky driving behaviors, particularly speeding.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 7, 2021
Business, Safety

A Year of Pandemic: Number of Roadside Inspections Fell

Four pandemic images Driver with mask by andresr/Getty Images (clockwise from top left); vaccine vial by Liam McBurney/Pool via AP; COVID-19 virus by Getty Images; UPS truck carrying vaccine at Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo by Morry Gash/Pool/Associated Press

“It was definitely a strange year for inspectors,” said Kerri Wirachowsky, director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s roadside inspection program. “In the beginning of the pandemic, a lot of agencies just stopped doing inspections completely, only stopping vehicles if they saw an imminent issue,” she said.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 22, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Proposes to Add Truck Rear Underride Guards to Safety Checklist

Underride rear guard on Stoughton trailer An underride rear guard installed on a Stoughton trailer. FMCSA said including rear impact guards in the periodic inspection requirements will call additional attention to the critical safety component. (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a proposed rule amending federal safety regulations to specifically add rear impact guards as a required item on the list of annual inspections for motor carriers and roadside inspectors.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 5, 2021
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

CVSA Roadcheck Shows 20.9% Vehicle Out-of-Service Rate

CVSA A Virginia State Police Officer performs a safety inspection on a truck's brakes. (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance)

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s three-day International Roadcheck event resulted in an overall vehicle out-of-service rate of 20.9% in North America. That marks an increase from 17.9% recorded last year.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 17, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

CVSA Issues Bulletin to Mitigate False Inspection Violations From ELD Data Transfers

CVSA Law enforcement officers conduct inspections in Landover, Md. (CVSA)

Technical issues that have been causing problems with the transfer of data from electronic logging devices to equipment used by roadside inspectors to check drivers’ hours-of-service records are the subject of a bulletin issued by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and are being studied by a pair of industry vendors.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 5, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

12% of Vehicles Inspected Placed Out-of-Service

CVSA inspector checks brakes An officer performs an inspection during a previous Brake Safety Week. (CVSA)

Commercial vehicle inspectors put 12% of the 43,565 inspected commercial motor vehicles out-of-service for brake-related violations during Brake Safety Week Aug. 23-29, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said Oct. 27.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 28, 2020
Government, Safety

CVSA Safety Enforcement Operation Catches More Than 66,000 Drivers

speeding truck and car RistoArnaudov/Getty Images

Law enforcement officers and inspectors nabbed more than 66,000 drivers engaging in unsafe behavior on U.S. and Canadian roadways as part of Operation Safe Driver Week, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced Sept. 2.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 2, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

CVSA's International Roadcheck Rescheduled for Sept. 9-11

Officer checking cargo during CVSA Roadcheck A Virginia State Police officer performs a load securement inspection during a previous International Roadcheck event. This year's focus will be on driver requirements. (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance)

The postponed International Roadcheck event has been rescheduled for Sept. 9-11, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced Aug. 10.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 10, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

CVSA Offers Coronavirus Guidance to Roadside Inspectors, Drivers

CVSA A Maryland State Trooper directs a truck to be inspected in West Friendship, Md., during a road check event. CVSA recommends inspectors keep their distance from drivers during the coronavirus outbreak. (CVSA)

From decontamination of their uniforms daily to keeping their distance from truck cabs and drivers, roadside inspectors face increasingly challenging conditions in keeping the nation’s highways safe in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 24, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

13.5% of Vehicles Inspected During Brake Safety Week Placed Out of Service

CVSA inspector checks brakes A brake inspection from a previous Brake Safety Week. (CVSA)

About 13.5% of commercial motor vehicles inspected in the U.S. and Canada during 2019 Brake Safety Week in September were removed from roadways for brake-related violations, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced Nov. 12.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
November 12, 2019