CVSA’s new 2019 out-of-service criteria now in effect

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The North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria is updated annually each year, with the release of that year’s edition of the handbook. (The Trucker file photo)

GREENBELT, Md. —  The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 2019 North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria is now in effect.

The 2019 out-of-service criteria replaces and supersedes all previous versions.

The North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria is the pass-fail criteria for roadside safety inspections. The purpose of the criteria is to identify critical safety violations. Those violations render the driver, vehicle and/or motor carrier out of service until the condition(s) or violation(s) can be corrected or repaired.

In accordance with CVSA bylaws, the changes were proposed to the Class I Members of the Alliance on Oct. 22, 2018, and subsequently ratified on Oct. 31, 2018. Voting members approved 12 changes to the out-of-service criteria which are now effective.

Click here to see the changes and the rationale for making those changes.

The North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria is updated annually each year, with the release of that year’s edition of the handbook.

The “North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial” identifies critical vehicle inspection items and details the criteria that can prohibit a motor carrier or driver from operating a commercial motor vehicle for a specified period of time or until the condition is corrected.

Print and electronic PDF versions of the 2019 edition of the handbook are available for purchase through the CVSA online store.

The 2019 out-of-service criteria app will be available this week by searching “CVSA” in the Apple or Google Play stores.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is a nonprofit association comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives. The Alliance aims to achieve uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial motor vehicle inspections and enforcement by certified inspectors dedicated to driver and vehicle safety.

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