In the Safety Lane with CVSA
Navigating North American highways today involves skill and quick thinking. In order to do this, vehicles must be in safe operating condition and drivers must be alert and aware of their surroundings. Periodically, In the Safety Lane with CVSA discusses subjects on safety and security that are important to all who work in the commercial motor vehicle profession — both government and industry — and includes tips and news to help everyone who travels our nation's highways to steer clear of dangerous situations and avoid injuries and fatalities.
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Monday, September 14, 2009
Roadside inspectors are highly-trained professionals who save lives every day by keeping unsafe commercial vehicles and drivers off the roads. The work of a commercial vehicle inspector is not easy but it is one of the most vital in public safety. Each year, CVSA recognizes the best of the best by inviting member jurisdictions throughout North America to participate in the North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC).
NAIC 2009, sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and CVSA, is held annually in conjunction with the American Trucking Associations' (ATA) National Truck Driving Championship (NTDC). It is the only event dedicated to recognizing and rewarding commercial vehicle inspector excellence.
It is an international event that is used as a snapshot or barometer of the current inspection environment to evaluate what is going well and what needs to be improved upon within the roadside inspection program, develops future leaders, strengthens the industry and enforcement partnerships, and promotes camaraderie between inspectors, jurisdictions, and countries. This in turn, helps ensure the quality, uniformity, and reciprocity of the more than four-million roadside inspections conducted annually in North America.
CVSA works to closely monitor, evaluate, and identify potentially unsafe transportation processes and procedures as well as to help facilitate and implement best practices for enhancing safety on our highways. Commercial motor vehicle safety continues to be a challenge and we need the involvement of all affected parties to help us better understand these issues and put into place practical solutions. CVSA's goal is to build on the success of the North American Standard Inspection Program and the theme of NAIC 2009 is "Education, Performance, Uniformity, and Partnerships."