ORLANDO, Fla. — Fifty-one commercial motor vehicle inspectors representing jurisdictions throughout North America gathered in Orlando, Florida, last month to compete in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 25th annual North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC), the only event dedicated to testing, recognizing and awarding commercial motor vehicle inspector excellence.
This year, local member Rommel Garcia of the Houston Police Department earned the highest combined score in six competition categories to take home the top prize, the Jimmy K. Ammons Grand Champion Award.
“As we celebrate 25 years of NAIC this year, we’re also celebrating another historic accomplishment,” said CVSA President Julius Debuschewitz of Yukon Highways and Public Works. “This is the first time in NAIC history that a local member has earned the Grand Champion Award.”
All of the inspection categories are timed events and the compilation of scores for those categories result in a grand champion, which is the highest honor for commercial motor vehicle roadside inspectors. The six competition categories in which each inspector is tested and scored are North American Standard Level I Inspection, North American Standard Level I Inspection Procedure, North American Standard Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods Inspection, North American Standard Cargo Tank/Other Bulk Packagings Inspection, North American Standard Level V Passenger Carrier Vehicle Inspection, and North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Exam.
A special award, the John Youngblood Award of Excellence, is an honor NAIC contestants bestow upon a fellow NAIC inspector who exemplifies the high standards and unwavering dedication to the profession.
This year, NAIC contestants voted to present the John Youngblood Award to Erick McGuire with the Florida Highway Patrol.
Awards are given for first, second and third place for selected inspection categories. Following are the winners:
North American Standard Level I Inspection
North American Standard Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods and Cargo Tank/Bulk Packagings Inspection
North American Standard Level V Passenger Carrier Vehicle Inspection
Team Award went to the Purple Team led by Scott Henry of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Team members included Erick McGuire, Florida Highway Patrol; Steven Hill, Kentucky State Police; Rommel Garcia, Houston Police Department; Cindy Campbell, Nevada Highway Patrol; Adam Trujillo, New Mexico Department of Public Safety; Tommy Torok, South Dakota Highway Patrol; Kent Hutchinson, Wyoming Highway Patrol; Cheryl Anderson – Yukon Highways and Public Works, and
Also, an award is given to each inspector who scores the most points representing each of the three participating countries: Canada, Mexico and the United States. The following High Points Awards were presented during this year’s NAIC:
“The challenge coin not only acknowledges the NAIC anniversary, it’s also a thank you to the competing inspectors for the hard work they do every day to make our roads a safer place,” said Debuschewitz. “Approximately 4 million roadside safety inspections are conducted each year throughout North America by CVSA-certified inspectors who save lives every day by removing dangerous commercial motor vehicles and drivers from our roadways.”