Commercial Motor Vehicle Law Enforcement, Government and Industry Members Work Together at 2017 CVSA Workshop

More than 500 enforcement personnel, government officials and industry representatives attended this year’s CVSA Workshop to work together toward the shared goal of improving commercial motor vehicle safety and inspection uniformity throughout North America.

The CVSA Workshop provides attendees with the opportunity to continue their efforts to advance commercial motor vehicle and driver safety, regulatory compliance and enforcement throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States. The CVSA Workshop took place on April 23-27, 2017, in Atlanta Georgia.

Participants collaborated at the CVSA Workshop to affect meaningful changes to the overall culture of transportation safety. They attended various committee, membership, region and program meetings aimed at the ongoing progression of CVSA’s mission to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and achieve common goals of uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity.

The CVSA Workshop also featured these informative and collaborative sessions:

  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offered a public listening session on highly automated commercial vehicles.
  • At the PPBT Meeting, jurisdictions currently using or interested in potentially using performance-based brake testers (PBBTs) shared their PBBT experiences and worked to refine procedures and training materials for future PBBT use.
  • At the North American Cargo Securement Harmonization Public Forum, attendees discussed cargo securement regulatory issues and differences; identified inconsistencies in the application of cargo securement enforcement policies; reviewed reports on research findings and securement equipment; and examined new technologies related to cargo securement.
  • FMCSA’s Post-Accident Reporting Advisory Committee held a public meeting to review post-accident reports, make recommendations and provide suggestions on implementation.
  • The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and the International Registration Plan (IRP) training session featured updates on both programs and interactive discussions.

During the general session, CVSA presented Charles Endorf of Werner Enterprises with the 2017 International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA). In its third year, IDEA is CVSA’s industry-wide driver excellence award program. Endorf was selected for the award based on his 45-year history of safe driving, his long-term commitment to the trucking industry, his dedication to projecting a positive image and his willingness to assist and coach other drivers.

Also of importance, two Class I Members were nominated for the international leadership position of CVSA secretary.

  • John Samis with the Delaware State Police
  • Brian Preston with the Arizona Department of Public Safety

The secretary election will take place in September at the CVSA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

“The discussions and decisions made by our informed membership at the CVSA Workshop help guide the Alliance throughout the year as we continue to further our commitment to transportation safety,” said CVSA Executive Director Collin Mooney. “We appreciate that so many of our members gather at this event each year to work together to discuss, develop, implement and improve transportation safety standards and best practices.”

Next year’s CVSA Workshop is scheduled for April 8-12, 2018, in Portland, Oregon.