CVSA Updates Inspection Procedures, Operational Policies and Inspection Bulletins

On April 12, 2018, at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Workshop in Portland, Oregon, the CVSA Board of Directors voted to update several inspection procedures and operational policies. In addition, one Inspection Bulletin was amended and a new one was created.

The Hand-Held and Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) Inspection Bulletin was amended and a new Inspection Bulletin on Motorcoach Monocoque Frame/Suspension Inspections was created.

The following inspection procedures were amended:

  • North American Standard Level I Inspection Procedure
  • North American Standard Level II Inspection Procedure
  • North American Standard Level III Inspection Procedure
  • North American Standard Level I/II/V Passenger Carrier Vehicle Inspection Procedure
  • North American Standard Cargo Tank and Other Bulk Packaging Inspection Procedure
  • North American Standard Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods Inspection Procedure

The following operational policies were updated:

  • Operational Policy 4 – Inspector Training and Certification
  • Operational Policy 5 – Inspection/CVSA Decal
  • Operational Policy 15 – Inspection and Regulatory Guidance

The board also approved the creation of three petitions to be sent to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding amending 393.130, Interpretation 3 (accessory equipment), updating 393.104 and 393.108 to include National Association of Chain Manufacturers (NACM) tables for removeable hooks, and adding rear impact guards and rear end protection to Appendix G.

In addition, six North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria updates and one North American Standard Level VI Out-of-Service Criteria update were approved by the board, which will be sent to ballot in the fall. The updates were related to:

  • Cargo Securement (Headings)
  • Driver’s Seat Addition
  • Driveline/Driveshaft Updates
  • Exhaust System (Headings)
  • Frames (Note)
  • Steering Systems (Tie Rods and Drag Links)
  • TRUPACT-II (Level VI Out-of-Service Criteria)

All inspection procedures and operational policies are accessible by CVSA members through the online CVSA member portal.

All Inspection Bulletins are public documents available on the CVSA website. CVSA asks all certified roadside inspectors to visit the Inspection Bulletins section of the CVSA website to download the latest versions of the Inspection Bulletins. We want to ensure all inspectors are conducting roadside inspections using the most up-to-date version of each bulletin. The CVSA website will always contain the current version of each Inspection Bulletin which should be in use by all CVSA-certified roadside enforcement personnel.