Issue Brief

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is a nonprofit association comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives. Their mission is to improve commercial motor vehicle safety and uniformity throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico by providing guidance and education to enforcement, industry and policy makers.  CVSA’s rulings, recommendations and actions play a direct role in the overall success of SC&RA member companies that transport OS/OW loads within the United States.

SC&RA Working Positions

SC&RA and its members work directly with CVSA’s leadership to share the inner workings of daily OS/OW transportation needs.  Conversely, the CVSA looks to SC&RA as the voice of the industry to provide feedback to local, state and highway law enforcement, various department of transportations and federal government agencies.  SC&RA and its members are actively working to keep the lines of communication and understanding open between our industry and law enforcement so that members can prepare for safety inspections, participate in discussions on enforcement protocols and proper measures to take to work together to reduce fines and potential days out of service.

Pilot Car & Law Enforcement Best Practices: Upon request from the Federal Highway Administration in 2004, SC&RA has served as a consultant on an FHWA contract to update Pilot Car & Law Enforcement Escort Best Practices and establish a national state template for Pilot Car training & certification. Recently, SC&RA, the National Pilot Car Association (NPCA), State Permitting, and Law Enforcement officials have formed the North American Pilot Vehicle Safety Alliance (NAPVSA) coalition with a goal of serving as a verification body and industry advocate for all matters relating to the movement of OS/OW loads involving pilot and escort vehicles.  In 2017, SC&RA and FHWA have partnered together to release rewritten Pilot and Law Enforcement Best Practices, new National Pilot Car Training Curriculum and Pilot Car Model Certification Plan.

Divisible Loads:  The definition of a “Divisible load” vs. a “Non-divisible load” continues to be a burden for companies operating in the specialized transportation as well as the Crane and Rigging industries. SC&RA has taken the lead in working with the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT), AASHTO and individual state permitting offices with a goal of clarifying these requirements for all members.  These requested clarifications are:

  1. Does a load need to meet one, two or all the three FHWA definitions to be considered a divisible load?
  2. Establishing a nationally harmonized “Divisible” or “Non-Divisible” standard for common OS/OW loads (mobile cranes/counterweights, Oil within Utility Transformers, Construction equipment appendages, etc.) hauled within the associations membership.

Latest Issue Updates

 New CVSA bulletin outlines procedures for checking ELDs at roadside (1/31/2018) 
 FHWA Seeking Comment on Truck Parking Facilities (12/13/2017) 
 CVSA Releases Results from Brake Safety Day (11/15/2017) 
 FMCSA and CVSA Agree Phased-In ELD Approach Is Best (9/7/2017) 
 Cargo Securement a Major Violation in 2017 Roadcheck (8/31/2017) 
 CVSA’s Annual Roadcheck to Highlight Safety Measures around Cargo Securement (5/23/2017) 
 SC&RA Staff Presents at 2017 CVSA Workshop (5/11/2017) 
 CVSA’s Annual Roadcheck to Highlight Cargo Securement (4/27/2017) 
 CVSA’s 2017 International Roadcheck Takes Place June 6-8 (3/16/2017) 
 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Safe Driver Week 2016 (12/22/2016) 
 CVSA Releases 2016 Brake Safety Week Results (12/13/2016) 
 CVSA Releases 2016 Brake Safety Week Results (11/17/2016) 
 CVSA Releases Results from Unannounced Brake Check One-Day Event (8/4/2016) 
 CVSA’s 2016 Brake Safety Week is Sept. 11-17 (7/21/2016) 
 CVSA International Roadcheck, June 7-9, to focus on tire safety (4/14/2016) 
 CVSA adopts new Size & Weight Policy position (2/25/2016) 
 CVSA releases results from Operation Safe Driver (2/22/2016) 
 CVSA select Collin Mooney as new Executive Director (1/14/2016) 
 SC&RA’s 2016 Specialized Transportation Symposium Scheduled for March 1-4 at The Peabody Memphis (12/2/2015) 
 CVSA releases 2015 International Roadcheck results (10/8/2015) 
 Stephen Keppler is leaving CVSA Executive Director position (9/3/2015) 
 Connecticut leads list of most intensive states for inspection violations (8/13/2015) 
 SC&RA urges members to attend WASHTO & MAASTO Permit Meetings (8/6/2015) 


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