Some of our readers have likely never heard of the rather understated Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, despite the organization’s work centrally focused on the safety of big trucks that ply freeways and interstates across North America.
The CVSA is an international nonprofit group, with its stated mission being “to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security” through advice rendered to regulatory officials and policy makers.
It is not shy about doing that, as referenced by a letter that CVSA Executive Director Collin Mooney recently penned to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The gist of that correspondence: Roadside inspectors of commercial trucks operating across the country are being bombarded by a seemingly nonstop deluge of newly announced exemptions that relate to truck maintenance, operating features, drivers’ qualifications and so forth.
In fact, the alliance states that there is a good chance that many inspectors are being flatly overwhelmed by new rules and guidance, with a result that is adverse and needs to be promptly noted.
And that is this: In some instances where already embattled inspectors are trying to understand a plethora of applicable exemptions and are forced to deal with yet further revisions, they might simply forgo their job focus altogether.
The result of that can be dire and adverse, states Mooney, with inspector overload “reducing the effectiveness and safety benefit of the regulations.”
No reasonable person wants that result, especially the driver and other occupants in any passenger vehicle.
What the CVSA is centrally arguing for is greater simplicity regarding roadside vehicle inspections of commercial rigs. That simplicity, notes Mooney, will materially decrease the growing confusion and inconsistency that is currently challenging the nation’s safety inspectors.