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CVSA Offers 2013 Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook

cvsa logo san diego csa complianceThe 2013 edition of the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial is now available for order from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

The guide book outlines the Critical Vehicle Inspection Items used by roadside inspectors. It also details violations that can place a driver out-of-service. The book helps commercial vehicle inspectors identify when a commercial motor vehicle can no longer be safety operated for fear of causing an accident or breakdown due to its mechanical condition.

The guidebook makes a good maintenance resource for fleets and owner-operators as well, providing clues on out-of-service conditions to watch for during PM inspections.

As a safety and compliance resource, it also provides list of driver OOS violations as well as hazardous materials transportation violations.

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CVSA and FMSCA Run A Nationwide Inspections Blitz


It’s always important to drive safely, make sure your equipment is up to snuff, and follow the rules, but it’s doubly important when there’s a nationwide awareness blitz. And, well, it’s that time of year again. The CVSA’s annual Operation Safe Driver has begun. From October 14th through October 20th, thousands of law enforcement officers will be making it a priority to check truckers for safety compliance issues.

This means that they’ll be looking more closely at your equipment during a stop, checking to make sure your medical card, license and certifications are up to date, and double and triple checking your driving logs to make sure you’re keeping to your legal hours of service. Things that they’ll be keeping a look out for are speeding, following too close, driving while impaired, failure to obey traffic signs, and improper lane changes.

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Truckers’ 4th Amendment Rights Preserved: CVSA Repeals Out-Of-Service Fatigue Criteria Changes


The Commercial Vehicle Safety Administration’s Out of Service criteriais a document every patrol officer and driver should be intimately familiar with. Of particular note is the section on Fatigue. It currently states “When so fatigued that the driver of a commercial motor vehicle should not continue the trip based on reasonable, articulable suspicion… Declare the driver out-of service until no longer fatigued.”

Until April 1st, that used to read “…based on reasonable doubt.”  This legal hurdle of “beyond a reasonable doubt” is the foundation for our courts in America. That one little phrase is the difference between a free society of the people, for the people, and a police state where no evidence is needed to prove guilt.

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