Original article published by Safety+Health
On Jan. 3, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it awarded CVSA with a $5 million Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Enforcement Training and Support Grant/Cooperative Agreement to train and certify law enforcement individuals to conduct commercial motor vehicle safety activities, such as inspections, investigations, audits, traffic enforcement, etc.
Through this cooperative agreement, CVSA will develop and deliver high-quality motor carrier safety training to its state and local partners. Building on FMCSA’s current instructor pool and course and testing materials, CVSA will expand and deliver a comprehensive suite of certification and non-certification training courses, leveraging existing content and partnering with issue-specific industry leaders.
As the organization that currently develops and maintains all non-regulatory elements of the roadside North American Standard Inspection Program, CVSA has, for decades, been responsible for developing training, tools and equipment used in the roadside inspection process. Not only is CVSA the author of materials upon which the roadside inspection program is based, CVSA is also directly involved in the creation and production of training content already used by FMCSA’s National Training Center.
As a result, CVSA has the infrastructure and resources available to provide training and education to the inspectors and local agencies that focus on commercial motor vehicle inspections and regulatory enforcement. CVSA also has a skilled team in place that has extensive inspection and enforcement experience, technical abilities and subject matter expertise to effectively deliver the required training.
CVSA pursued this grant opportunity because we believe we possess the knowledge and ability to deliver high-quality training that will give jurisdictions assurance and confidence that their inspectors and enforcement personnel have the necessary training they need to effectively enforce the regulations consistently and uniformly – a mission and priority for the Alliance.
As the organization whose members serve as the first line of defense in reducing crashes and saving lives by performing commercial motor vehicle safety inspections, CVSA shares FMCSA’s commitment to providing jurisdictions with the tools to succeed and supports its mission to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The Alliance thanks FMCSA for this opportunity and for its consideration and selection.
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