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DEC
20

2007

OPERATION SAFE DRIVER TARGETS CMV, NON-CMV DRIVERS
Campaign Identifies and Takes Action on Problem Driving Behaviors

 

Speeding and aggressive driving behaviors significantly influence the approximately 43,000 people that die on U.S. highways each year — 5,000 of which involve large trucks. To curb the number of deadly crashes on our most dangerous highways, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), recently launched a new campaign called Operation Safe Driver. Its principal objective is to target and take action on problem drivers — both those who drive commercial vehicles and those who drive passenger vehicles.

"The statistics tell the tale — nearly nine out of 10 crashes between cars and trucks are attributed to the driver, with 56 percent of those attributed to the passenger car driver," FMCSA Administrator John H. Hill said. "Programs like Operation Safe Driver will help all drivers realize how their decisions behind the wheel affect safety."

Crash analysis by FMCSA shows that 56 percent of crashes involving a large truck and a passenger vehicle are attributed to the passenger vehicle driver. Forty-four percent of such crashes are attributed to the truck driver.

"CVSA wants to make clear that driving defensively and in a cooperative manner makes for safer highways for all drivers and passengers on the road," CVSA Executive Director Stephen F. Campbell said. "Operation Safe Driver is part of a larger law enforcement effort and focus to reduce fatalities on the most dangerous, high crash corridors in North America."

During the week of October 21-28, 2007, Operation Safe Driver targeted problem commercial and non-commercial driver behavior and performance across North America — involving nearly 3,700 law enforcement personnel and more than 1,500 localities in 31 states and 5 provinces — through a combination of enforcement, education and awareness strategies.

Operation Safe Driver Results:

  • 20,523 CMV Driver/Credential Inspections, 2,090 (10.2%) of which resulted in the driver being placed out of service.
  • 16,636 CMV Driver Traffic Enforcement Contacts, which resulted in 4,229 moving violations (0.25 violations per contact).
  • 6,698 Non-CMV Driver Traffic Enforcement Contacts, which resulted in 4,860 moving violations (0.73 violations per contact).
  • 22,181 CMV Driver License checks and 6,205 Non-CMV Driver License checks.

Below are the total moving violations and their percentages for each driver type:


In addition, 89 targeted Compliance Reviews were conducted by FMCSA personnel on motor carriers employing the "worst of the worst" commercial drivers, which resulted in the following:

  • 30 carriers (or 34% of the total reviews) receiving a Conditional Safety Rating.
    • The national average of carriers rated Conditional is 25%
  • 10 carriers (or 11% of the total reviews) receiving an Unsatisfactory Safety Rating.
    • The national average of carriers rated Unsatisfactory is 6%

CVSA Member jurisdictions and its partners also performed a number of educational activities, including distributing brochures and posters that graphically depict what can happen when passenger and commercial vehicles collide and what drivers can do to take preventative measures. These materials can be viewed at http://cvsa.stores.yahoo.net/opsadrouma.html.

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from 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. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA visit www.cvsa.org.

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DEC
14

2007

Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Saved by the Belt Award Program


The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has launched its "Saved by the Belt" Award Program to recognize those commercial motor vehicle drivers who have buckled up and whose lives were saved or injuries significantly reduced as a result of wearing a safety belt.

The message is simple — wearing safety belts saves lives.

"CVSA created this new program to emphasize safety belt use by commercial motor vehicle drivers and to use these drivers as role models for safety belt use for their peers and their families," said Jim McFarlin, ABF Freight System, Inc.'s Director of Safety and Security and Chairman of CVSA's Saved by the Belt Award Committee. "It benefits everyone traveling our highways when we increase public awareness on the benefits of safety belt use and having more people buckling up."

Did you know that…

  • In 2006, 703 drivers of large trucks died in truck crashes and 314 of those drivers were not wearing safety belts.
  • Of the 188 large truck drivers killed who were ejected from their vehicles, almost 80% were not wearing safety belts.

Anyone interested in nominating a person must submit a completed nomination form and a brief narrative of the crash, along with the accident or incident report and other supporting documents and indicate why the nominee should be considered for the award. For more information on the program, please visit CVSA's Web site: www.cvsa.org. The Saved by the Belt Award Program is sponsored in part by YRC Worldwide Inc. CVSA supports and is an active participant in the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, which was established by DOT Secretary Norman Y. Mineta to combat low safety belt use among the nation's commercial vehicle drivers.

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from 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. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA visit www.cvsa.org.

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OCT
16

2007

OPERATION SAFE DRIVER TARGETS CMV, NON CMV DRIVERS
Campaign Seeks to Educate, Enforce, Change Aggressive Driving Behaviors

 

In an effort to address the twelve percent of fatal crashes on highways involving trucks and buses, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), is launching a new campaign concentrating on the unsafe driving practices of commercial and non-commercial drivers. The effort, dubbed "Operation Safe Driver," is intended to improve commercial and non-commercial driver behavior and performance through effective enforcement, education and awareness strategies. The program will occur October 21-28, 2007 across North America.

"Research has shown that most fatal crashes stem from decisions or actions made by the driver — passenger vehicle drivers as well as commercial operators," said John H. Hill, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. "All drivers need to remember that the responsibility for driving safely is literally in your hands."

The objectives of the campaign are to:

  • Increase commercial vehicle traffic enforcement activity;
  • Increase non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement activity;
  • Increase safety belt enforcement activity;
  • Increase driver roadside inspections;
  • Increase driver regulatory compliance;
  • Implement commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the motor carrier population; and,
  • Increase the awareness to the motoring public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.

"Through Operation Safe Driver, CVSA and our partners in law enforcement aim to take enforcement action against unsafe and fatigued commercial drivers and non-commercial drivers operating in an unsafe manner around commercial drivers, and to raise the awareness of the motoring public about the hazards of operating around commercial vehicles," said Stephen F. Campbell, CVSA's Executive Director. "Improving highway safety for commercial vehicle operations starts with the driver and focusing attention on the importance of safe driving and proper driving techniques are critical to making our highways safer. In addition, the motor carrier industry plays an important role and we encourage them to implement proactive steps to ensure their drivers are well rested, buckle up and do proper trip planning to make it to their destinations safely."

"It is important to share the road responsibly with other vehicles, including commercial motor vehicles. Drivers of passenger vehicles need to understand how commercial motor vehicles operate and know their limitations. Sharing the road responsibly will mean safer drivers and fewer deaths and injuries on our nation's roadways," said Christopher J. Murphy, Chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association.

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from 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. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA visit www.cvsa.org.

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AUG
28

2007

Canadian Trombley Wins 2007 North American Inspectors Championship


For the second year in a row, a Canadian captured top honors as commercial vehicle inspectors representing nearly every state, jurisdiction and province from the U.S, Canada and Mexico competed last week in Minneapolis at the North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC).

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Pictured left to right: CVSA President Capt. John E. Harrison and NAIC 2007 Grand Champion
James Trombley

James Trombley, a CVSA-certified North American Standard Level I inspector from Alberta was awarded the Grand Champion Award for his combined performances in six competition elements across North American Standard Level I Inspection and North American Standard HAZMAT/Transportation of Dangerous Goods Inspection.

Award presenters included Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator John H. Hill, CVSA President Capt. John E. Harrison, and CVSA Executive Director and Stephen F. Campbell. NAIC is managed by CVSA; funded in part by FMCSA and is successful due to strong industry participation and sponsorship.

"I want to thank commercial vehicle safety inspectors everywhere for the important role they play in keeping the traveling public safe on America's roads and highways," said FMCSA Administrator John H. Hill. "Their dedication and commitment to safety is unparalleled, and has its own special niche within the broader scope of all our activities at FMCSA."

"We are proud to recognize the thousands of men and women throughout North America enforcing commercial vehicle safety laws every day," said Stephen F. Campbell, Executive Director of CVSA. "With every inspection, these fine individuals are making the roads safer for everyone and saving lives."

Fifty four CVSA-certified North American Standard Level I roadside inspectors competed in the 15th annual Championship: seven inspectors represented Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan); two inspectors represented Mexico-SCT; and 45 representing the U.S.

In addition to the Grand Champion award, the following were also presented:

  • High Points U.S. - David Rios, Oregon
  • High Points Canada - James Trombley, Alberta
  • High Points Mexico - Jacobo Garcia , SCT
  • North American Standard Level I Inspection winners include: Todd Brooks, Kansas; Adrian Armpriester, New York; and James Trombley, Alberta
  • North American Standard Level V Passenger Vehicle Inspection winners include: John Toto, Massachusetts; Donald Woodal, Maryland; and Adrian Armpriester, New York
  • North American Standard Hazardous Materials/Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Cargo Tank/Bulk Packagings Inspection winners include: Brent Grice, Ontario; Donald Woodal, Maryland; and David Rios, Oregon
  • The John Youngblood Award, presented each year to the inspector who best demonstrates the qualities of congeniality, leadership, integrity, professionalism and commitment, went to David West of Mississippi
  • The Team Award, recognizing the group that best demonstrates camaraderie and accumulates the highest point average, was presented to: Chuck St. Martin (Team Leader), Dexter Huber, British Columbia; Brent Moore, Georgia; Fertano Jackson, Louisiana; John Sherven, Nevada; Mark Halter, Ohio; David Thompson, South Dakota; and Dan Slick ,Wisconsin

NAIC is the only event dedicated to recognizing and rewarding commercial vehicle inspector excellence and has been recognized by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) as an event that "Advances America."

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The organization's mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security through a coalition of enforcement, industry and policy makers. Alliance members, as well as several hundred associate members, are dedicated to achieving the shared goals of uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections and enforcement activities throughout North America. For more on CVSA visit www.cvsa.org.

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AUG
17

2007

PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN ON FAULTY BRAKE SYSTEMS
Brake Adjustment Major Focus of CVSA's Outreach Effort

 

We all know that when we put our foot down on a vehicle's brake, it slows it down to a stop. Brakes are arguably the most critical operating system in vehicle safety, and yet are all too often taken for granted until something bad happens. Beginning August 26 and continuing through September 1, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will carry out a comprehensive program to promote commercial vehicle brake safety across North America. Throughout Brake Safety Week, CVSA-Certified Inspectors and Industry participants will conduct a variety of enforcement and educational activities emphasizing the importance of proper commercial vehicle and automobile brake inspection, maintenance and operation. CVSA initiated Brake Safety Week in 2005 as part of its Operation Air Brake Campaign.

"More than three million roadside commercial vehicle inspections are conducted annually throughout North America, and by far brakes make up the largest percentage of Out-of-Service Violations cited during these inspections," said CVSA's Executive Director Stephen F. Campbell. "In order to encourage that more attention is being paid to this problem, Brake Safety Week focuses on both enforcement and education activities designed to enhance the safe operation of commercial vehicles."

Drivers will receive educational and other helpful information, such as the CVSA brochure "Have You Checked Your Brakes Today?" as well as CVSA's "Spot Check" brake adjustment indicators drivers can install to help measure if their brakes are in proper adjustment.

Brakes enable the vehicle to stop and are vital to its safe operation. They are complicated and contain many parts, all of which need constant inspection and attention to ensure proper operation and performance. There is much evidence that points to brakes continuing to be a significant safety concern.

 

  • Results from a number of National Transportation Safety Board investigations into high-profile commercial vehicle crashes have revealed problems associated with brake operation, inspection and/or maintenance.
  • Results from the recent Large Truck Crash Causation Study, sponsored by the United States Department of Transportation, indicated that brake problems were present at the time of the crash in 29.4 percent of the cases.
  • Brakes comprised the largest percentage, 56.6 percent, of vehicle Out-of-Service Violations cited in roadside inspections conducted during Roadcheck 2007.
  • Nearly nine percent of all brakes equipped with manual slack adjusters and four percent of all brakes equipped with automatic slack adjusters are placed out of service.

Brake Safety Week will involve numerous enforcement and educational activities all across North America. As an example, a number of truck stop locations in the Travel Centers of America, Petro Truck Stops, and AMBEST networks are providing educational and other brake-related services for their customers. CVSA's recent launch of its "In the Safety Lane with CVSA" podcast will include a discussion with leading experts on commercial vehicle brake related issues. Visit www.cvsa.org, and click on the podcast icon to listen in.

In addition, Brake Safety Week has a new partner for this year's event, the United States' leading consumer auto service non-profit organization , the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP). MAP shops will offer free inspections, educate vehicle owners regarding key undercar systems, provide complimentary automotive troubleshooting materials, and answer consumers' preventative maintenance questions.

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from 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. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA visit www.cvsa.org.

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AUG
9

2007

ROADSIDE VEHICLE INSPECTORS COMPETE FOR NAIC CHAMPIONSHIP
Competition Shines Spotlight on Commercial Vehicle Safety Mission

 

Roadside inspectors from across North America will convene in Minneapolis and compete to become the best commercial vehicle inspector during the annual North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC), August 20-26, 2007. The event, sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), is held in conjunction with the American Trucking Associations National Truck Driving Championship. "Commercial vehicle safety inspectors are members of a specialized branch of law enforcement," said FMCSA Administrator John H. Hill. "They work every day to improve safety on our roads and highways. NAIC celebrates their professionalism, their expertise and their dedication to protecting lives."

"The NAIC competition shines the spotlight on the great skill and passion inspectors bring to their safety mission," said Stephen F. Campbell, CVSA's Executive Director. "Every contestant, however, is a winner. The training and sharing best practices during NAIC produces an all-star team of inspectors that will raise commercial vehicle safety to higher levels," said Campbell.

NAIC's purpose is to recognize the inspector for demonstrating inspector excellence. NAIC's goals are to provide contestants with education on the latest commercial vehicle safety issues, promote uniformity of inspections throughout North America, challenge contestants utilizing real world scenarios, provide CVSA with a snapshot of the current inspection environment, strengthen the industry and enforcement partnerships and promote camaraderie between inspectors, jurisdictions and countries.

    NAIC contestants are evaluated in the following seven categories:
    1. North American Standard Level I Inspection;
    2. North American Standard Level I Inspection Procedures;
    3. North American Standard HAZMAT/Transportation of Dangerous Goods Inspection;
    4. North American Standard Cargo Tank/Other Bulk Packagings Inspection;
    5. North American Standard Level V Passenger Vehicle Inspection;
    6. North American Standard Personal Interview; and,
    7. North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Exam.

All of the inspection categories are timed events and the compilation of scores for these categories result in a Grand Champion. In addition to a Grand Champion, awards are given for first, second and third place for selected inspection events.

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from 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. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA visit www.cvsa.org.

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JUN
29

2007

Roadcheck 2007 Results Show Safety Improvements Are Needed

 

From June 5-7, 7,708 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Certified Inspectors at 1,449 locations across North America performed 62,370 truck and bus inspections — the highest number of inspections ever conducted in the 20 years of the International Roadcheck event. Equally as impressive was a record number of the most comprehensive roadside inspections conducted, the North American Standard Level I — 49,454 of the total.

Driver results for the vehicle types were as follows:

  • All vehicles: 93.8 percent of drivers passed the inspection, and 6.2 percent were placed out of service (5.6 percent were out of service in 2006)
  • HAZMAT: 96.5 percent of drivers passed the inspection, and 3.5 percent were placed out of service (3.0 percent were out of service in 2006)
  • Motorcoaches: 96.2 percent of drivers passed the inspection, and 3.8 percent were placed out of service (2.9 percent were out of service in 2006)

Vehicle results were as follows:

  • All vehicles: 78.5 percent of vehicles passed the inspection, and 21.5 percent were placed out of service (21.7 percent were out of service in 2006)
  • HAZMAT: 82.3 percent of vehicles passed the inspection, and 17.7 percent were placed out of service (18.2 percent were out of service in 2006)
  • Motorcoaches: 87.7 percent of vehicles passed the inspection, and 12.3 percent were placed out of service (9.2 percent were out of service in 2006)

For the second straight year, the number of drivers placed out of service increased from 5.6 percent in 2006 to 6.2 percent in 2007. This is the highest Roadcheck driver out of service rate since 1999. On the flip side, the number of safety belt violations was down significantly this year — from 1,223 in 2006 to 829 in 2007. Safety belts were one of the focus areas during this year's event and it seems to have paid off. In addition, 30,320 CVSA decals were issued to vehicles passing the Level I inspection (61.3 percent of the eligible inspections) without having any defects in the 13 critical inspection areas.

The bulk of the drivers placed out of service (65.9 percent of the total) were done so for hours of service violations. This compares with 57.1 percent in 2006. Falsification of records of duty status was second in line, comprising 11.4 percent of the total — 12.4 percent was the 2006 number. The number of drivers discovered operating while disqualified this year was the highest in six years, comprising 3.6 percent of the total driver out of service violations. Drivers operating while suspended comprised 3.9 percent of the driver out of service violations, up from 3.3 percent last year. One other piece of driver data worth noting is that drug and alcohol out of service violations represented 1.5 percent of the total driver out of service violations, up from 0.9 percent last year.

Hours of service out of service violations continues its upward trend, with 4.9 percent of all inspections resulting in a driver being placed out of service for hours of service, up from 4.5 percent last year, 3.5 percent in 2005 and 3.4 percent in 2004.

The Level III (Driver/Credential) inspections saw a large spike in driver out of service rates from last year's results, going from 7.6 percent in 2006 to 11.9 percent this year.

Brakes continue to be the dominating vehicle out of service defect, comprising 54.0 percent of the total vehicle defects, which was noticeably lower than the 56.6 percent in 2006. The vehicle related out of service defects this year saw increases in the distribution of lighting (11.6 percent in 2006 to 14.1 percent in 2007), load securement (8.6 percent to 10.4 percent) and tires/wheels (8.7 percent to 9.1 percent).

"We continue to target our resources at areas that deserve attention," said CVSA executive director Stephen F. Campbell. "In the last several years our members have spent extra time and emphasis on training their inspectors in the areas of driver interviews, hours of service, cargo securement, motorcoach inspections and safety belt enforcement. It is not a surprise to us that we are seeing these results. It means we are working smarter and are using our tools more effectively to identify and take action on those who are in need of our attention."

"The strength of Roadcheck is in its partnerships," said John Hill, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. "We are pleased to see a growing number of municipalities throughout North America participating in Roadcheck. Car drivers, however, must continue to do their part in helping to keep roads safe by driving carefully at all times — particularly near or around large commercial vehicles."

CVSA sponsors the annual Roadcheck with participation by FMCSA, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from 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. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA visit www.cvsa.org.


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MAY
24

2007

ROADCHECK 2007 TAKES ACTION AGAINST UNSAFE TRUCKS, BUSES
CVSA Commemorates 20th Year of Commercial Vehicle Checks
on North American Highways

 

Starting June 5, approximately 10,000 specially-trained and certified officers will blanket North America's roadways to prevent truck and bus crashes and save lives. For the past 20 years, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) annual Roadcheck event dispatches federal, state, provincial and local inspectors to conduct North American Standard Inspections around the clock for 72 hours from June 5 - 7. These inspections involve a comprehensive 37-step procedure which includes items related to vehicle, driver and cargo safety. Inspectors also hand out educational materials to drivers on various aspects of commercial vehicle, driver and hazardous materials safety.

This year, CVSA is launching a new podcast focusing on educating the commercial vehicle driver on safety and security measures. The new podcast series, called Inside the Safety Lane with CVSA, will include discussions with FMCSA Administrator John Hill, Rick Holcomb, American Trucking Associations' General Counsel and Sr. VP for Law & Regulatory Affairs, Norm Littler, Vice President - Regulatory & Industry Affairs, Executive Director, Bus Industry Safety Council, American Bus Association, and CVSA President Captain John Harrison. The podcast will air the week of Roadcheck 2007 and can be downloaded from www.cvsa.org/podcast.

"Placing emphasis on drivers is a key component to enhancing safety on our highways, and concentrated enforcement programs like Roadcheck give us the data we need to target our efforts. Enforcement sends a message that we will put you out of service if you are violating the law or driving an unsafe commercial vehicle." said Stephen Campbell, executive director of CVSA.

Although the latest FMCSA statistics indicate an increase in use of safety belts from 48 to 59 percent, this number is still far too low. In comparison, the use rate among automobile drivers is 82 percent. During Roadcheck 2006, 1,223 safety belt violations were documented during the 3-day event, versus 1,150 in 2005. In all of 2006, 63,846 safety belt violations were recorded against commercial drivers, up from 57,510 in 2005.. More than three million North American Standard roadside inspections are conducted annually.

"Studies have shown that drivers — of both large trucks and passenger vehicles — are 10 times more likely to be the cause of a fatal crash involving a large truck than factors such as weather, road conditions and vehicle performance," FMCSA Administrator John Hill said. "Everyone can help save lives and make the roads safer by checking their vehicles, learning and obeying the laws and wearing their safety belts."

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from 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. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA visit www.cvsa.org.


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MAY
11

2007

CVSA ADVOCATES UNIVERSAL ADOPTION OF EOBR TECHNOLOGY
Multi-Faceted Approach Needed to Find Solutions for Industry-
Wide Hours of Service Problem

 

To enable significant positive changes to commercial vehicle drivers' hours of service (HOS) compliance, CVSA is advocating universal adoption of electronic on board recorder (EOBR) technology. Captain John E. Harrison, President of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), outlined before a Senate subcommittee how EOBR technology could help solve problems as well as making recommendations on the current Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) EOBR Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

"Compliance with the HOS regulations continues to be a significant problem encountered by law enforcement, both at roadside and in the motor carrier's place of business," said Harrison to the subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation United States Senate on EOBRs and Truck Driver Fatigue Reduction.

Unfortunately, drivers operating in excess of drivers' HOS limits and falsified driver logs continue to represent a significant risk to safety. In 2006, HOS violations were represented in seven of the "Top 20" driver violations discovered during roadside inspections, representing 34.2 percent of the total. Of those, 78.8 percent were for HOS. During compliance reviews, five of the "Top 12" critical violations cited were HOS related, or 34.6 percent of the total. The results from the 2006 Large Truck Crash Causation Study indicated that fatigue was reported as an associated factor in 13 percent of all large truck crashes.

"We believe EOBRs hold great promise and is one of a number of tools for helping improve compliance with HOS regulations and providing a positive impact on safety and crashes related to driver fatigue. EOBR technology is proven--more than 50 countries have mandated electronic data recorders for driving and standby time recording and/or speed and distance recording." said Harrison. "We also believe that wide-scale adoption of EOBRs will help curb the challenges with limited resources available at the state and federal levels for overseeing the motor carrier industry."

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from 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. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA visit www.cvsa.org.


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MAR
20

2007

CVSA, FMCSA COMBINE CONFERENCES TO SAVE LIVES
Groups Work Closely to Improve Delivery of Safety Programs

 

For the first time, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will hold the CVSA Annual Conference together with the FMCSA Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) Leadership Conference to provide a collective forum to discuss timely issues pertinent to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety. The conference will be held on March 24-30, 2007 in Atlanta.

"Coordinating our conferences sends a clear message to the CMV community that our organizations are committed to work more closely to improve state, provincial and federal efforts to save lives on our highways, as well as to create the best opportunity for returning on the investments granted by the U.S. Congress and state and provincial legislatures for the best use of our tax dollars," said CVSA's Executive Director Stephen F. Campbell.

Some of the subjects to be discussed include:

  • Vehicle-related issues including results of the 2006 Brake Safety Symposium, cargo securement harmonization, disc brake and ABS technologies, and wheel bearing seal leakage issues
  • Transportation security issues such as Corporate Security Reviews, training, TWIC and REAL ID Act, cargo seals and vehicle disabling technologies
  • Driver related issues such as electronic on board recorders, CDLIS/NLETS integration, speed and speed limiters, hours of service, traffic enforcement and safety belt initiatives
  • Passenger carrying issues and concerns related to motorcoach and school bus transportation
  • Technology initiatives related to safety enhancing vehicle-based technology systems, next generation vehicle and infrastructure based technology programs, and information systems related to roadside inspections
  • Programmatic issues related to FMCSA's Comprehensive Safety Analysis for 2010 and COMPASS Programs, the recently announced U.S. DOT NAFTA Border Demonstration project, as well as CVSA's Roadcheck and Operation Air Brake Programs
  • Educational issues such as understanding the results from the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, how to use FMCSA's DataQs system and the Analysis and Information web site
  • Training issues include passenger vehicle inspection course updates, false CDL, HOS status and District Court of Appeals ruling, as well as reviewing the Program Manager's Course and National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) recommendations on automatic slack adjuster type brakes.
  • Several federal agencies will be participating in this event. In the U.S., in addition to FMCSA, the Transportation Security Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and NTSB will be participating. In Canada, Transport Canada and the Canadian Council for Motor Transport Administrators will be participating. From Mexico, the Secretary for Communications and Transportation and Federal Preventative Police will be involved in the discussions

"We intend to discuss the NAFTA Demonstration Project and hope it will spur constructive dialogue between all three countries to share best practices that will further improve safety, security, and regulatory harmonization," said Campbell. "We cannot emphasize enough the importance and necessity of coordination and training in the preparation for the demonstration project and for the opening of the border. The key to smooth, successful and uniform NAFTA implementation will be in the delivery of a comprehensive operations plan that includes federal, state and provincial partners in all three countries."

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from 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. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA visit www.cvsa.org.


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MAR
7

2007

CVSA FORMS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO ENHANCE CMV SAFETY
CVSA, Zurich Services Corporation, Interactive Driving Systems
Unveil Online Airbrake Training

 

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in association with Zurich Services Corporation and Interactive Driving Systems, has completed the development of an online airbrake training program to enhance commercial motor vehicle safety across North America.

The online training program, called Virtual Risk Manager — Airbrakes, responds to the recommendations identified in a March 2006 U.S. government study that found brake deficiencies are a factor in nearly 30 percent of all serious truck crashes that involve a fatality or injury. According to CVSA, the findings show that brake training is essential to increase drivers, mechanics and roadside safety enforcement officer's knowledge of airbrake systems.

"Drivers, inspectors and mechanics require reliable and readily available information to assist in developing proficiency and skills," said Collin Mooney, CVSA, Director of Enforcement Programs. "When it comes to these systems, we need to increase awareness of the unique and special characteristics of airbrake systems."

The online training program leverages the use of multimedia technology to help drivers, mechanics and safety enforcement officers understand the workings of airbrake systems. The program delivers virtual training based on recognized sources from industry experts, and contains the recommendations made in the February 2006 National Transportation Safety Board report on the adjustment of automatic slack adjusters.

The program is an interactive experience with instructional animations and a narrator to guide users through the program. At every step throughout the program, users will have access to interactive exercises to help them master the concepts and practicalities of working with airbrake technology and is structured to cater to all levels of experience and education.

Users begin with a ‘Training Needs Analysis' designed to identify strengths and weaknesses in the users' knowledge. As a result, individual training programs are automatically assembled to help the user focus on their weaknesses before taking the final assessment.

In the final assessment, every user takes a 50-question knowledge check that confirms their mastery of the entire subject and generates a certificate of completion for their employers training records. Additionally, individual users will also receive a full color presentation certificate and a glove box resource guide to better ensure they have key information available to them away from the computer, including CVSA guidance on what to expect during a roadside inspection.

"We are very pleased to work with CVSA and Interactive Driving Systems to make available training that we hope will reduce serious truck accidents," said Armand Fernandez, Vice President, Zurich Services Corporation. "We are always looking for opportunities to proactively stop accidents from occurring in the first place."

"A huge amount of work has gone in to creating Virtual Risk Manager — Airbrakes, that takes full advantage of the technology available to us today," said Ed Dubens, Interactive Driving Systems. "Every user of this program has an opportunity to create their own training course targeted towards their individual strengths and weaknesses."

For more information, visit www.virtualriskmanager.net/airbrakes and enjoy free access to the Airbrake Challenge to determine if your drivers, mechanics or enforcement officers would benefit from the program.

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from 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. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA visit www.cvsa.org.


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