The out-of-service criteria replaces and supersedes all previous versions. The purpose of the criteria is to identify critical safety violations. Voting members approved 12 changes to the out-of-service criteria which are effective as of April 1, The following changes were made to the out-of-service criteria: Amendment to Part I, Item 4.

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In autumn, Class 1 voting members discuss and approve of proposed changes to the out-of-service criteria. In April of the following year, any adopted changes are officially put into effect.

Out-of-service violations are serious business. Both print and PDF versions of the handbook are available for use both with paper training materials and handheld devices. CVSA makes the handbooks available for a fee to fleet managers, drivers, and others who need to know the rules about out-of-service violations. The CVSA begs to differ with you. The change is now Item 5 on the criteria list. Drivers Need to Keep Rig Mechanics in Shape Inspectors can now call you out-of-service for bad brakes, drive shafts, and steering systems.

Amendments to Part II that cover these out-of-service criteria include Items 3, 6, 8, and Inspectors can now place your rig out of service if they find cracks in structural supports of brake rotors. Cracked vents in brake rotors are signs that the rotors are due to collapse soon. A missing or broken bearing strap is now a violation of CVSA out-of-service criteria.

Non-manufactured drag-link holes are a failing criteria for pass-fail inspections under the new guidelines. Operators of semis who have missing or impaired limbs including fingers, arms, feet, or legs can obtain SPE certificates. SPE certificates clear the impaired individuals to drive professionally from state to state.

For example, an SPE may stipulate that a hearing-impaired driver may operate a rig as long as the driver uses specialty hearing equipment.

If the hearing-impaired driver is found operating their rig without their approved hearing equipment in use, the driver can be placed out of service. Having only one CVSA decal on your truck at all times makes it easier for inspectors and other officials to find the current, valid sticker. Your truck will also look cleaner when you spend time removing outdated and worn decals. Earn your valid new CVSA sticker honestly by going over the out-of-service criteria and repairing any defects in your rig.

Spend some time learning about CVSA criteria for cargo tie-downs, exhaust systems, and other violations that could cost you valuable time on the highway. Ask your motor carrier or fleet manager for copies of the current CVSA handbook if you drive for someone else. We offer both owner-operators and motor carriers a wide variety of commercial and semi trucks to expand their fleets and grow their businesses.


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However, vehicles will not be put out of service for not complying with the mandate until April 01, One important thing to note here is that inspectors, at their discretion, will still issue citations for not having electronic logging devices after the December 18, , ELD mandate deadline. Companies that continually violate the rule could be subject to federal investigation as well. To summarize, here are a few important points to remember: The ELD mandate deadline is still December 18, After December 18, , inspectors — at their discretion — will issue citations and fines for not having electronic logging devices. However, vehicles will not be put out of service after December 18,


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