CVSA Adds New Level VIII Electronic Inspection to North American Standard Inspection Program
At the recently held CVSA Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance ( CVSA) Board of Directors voted to approve the addition of its newly created Level VIII Electronic Inspection to the North American Standard Inspection Program.
The Level VIII Electronic Inspection is an inspection conducted electronically or wirelessly while a commercial motor vehicle is in motion without direct interaction with a roadside inspector/ enforcement official. To be considered a complete Level VIII Electronic Inspection, a data exchange must include each of the required and/ or applicable data points listed in the CVSA North American Standard Level VIII Electronic Inspection definition.
As defined by CVSA, the Level VIII Electronic Inspection must include, where required and/ or applicable, a descriptive location, including GPS coordinates; electronic validation of who is operating the vehicle; appropriate driver’s license class and endorsement( s) for vehicle being operated; license status; valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation ( SPE) Certificate; current driver’s record of duty status; hoursof- service compliance; USDOT or ( Canada) NSC number; power unit registration; operating authority; Unified Carrier Registration ( UCR) compliance; and federal out- of- service orders.
The goal of this new electronic inspection is to help expand the roadside enforcement’s footprint, increasing the number of interactions an agency/ department could have with the motor carrier industry and providing member jurisdictions with additional information to create unique compliance options and strategies. An electronic inspection option will assist roadside enforcement/ inspection personnel to better focus their time on carriers with critical safety violations. Implementing an electronic inspection program would also allow participating carriers the opportunity to leverage in- vehicle safety investments by communicating realtime compliance data to roadside inspection and enforcement authorities without having to stop.