Inspections explained in new OOIDA video

By Tyson Fisher, staff writer

If you are a professional truck driver, and you drive long enough, you are going to get pulled over for a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection. It doesn't matter whether you are new to driving or whether you have been pulling loads for years; eventually you will get pulled over for an inspection.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has created a video of a CVSA inspection and asked a Missouri Department of Transportation CVSA inspector to explain what he is doing while providing answers to the five most commonly asked questions:

  • What triggers an inspection?
  • Why do some drivers get inspected more often than others?
  • Who does the inspection?
  • What are they looking for?
  • What's the difference between a Level-1, Level-2 and Level-3 inspection?

Other topics covered include CVSA decals, common problems found during an inspection, which violation will not place a vehicle out of service, and more.

The CVSA inspector and former Missouri Highway Patrol officer will guide you through the inspection from the point of view of law enforcement, providing drivers with the insight needed to comply with inspection regulations. Watch as the CVSA inspector gives Jon Osburn, OOIDA senior member and Spirit of the American Trucker driver, a mock inspection.

The CVSA inspection video is free and runs approximately 25 minutes.

The video, part of OOIDA's Online Business Education, is found at Just click the link, go to the "Education" tab and find the "CVSA Inspections - Level I, II and III Inspections" class. It is also available on OOIDA's Business Education YouTube page at

While visiting the Online Business Education website, check out other classes addressing a variety of topics including taxes, costs of operations, drug and alcohol regulations, insurance, load boards and hours of service. LL