OOIDA sends five to CVSA workshop

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 4/30/2010

Five OOIDA representatives participated in a recent workshop hosted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

The workshop, held in mid-April in San Antonio, consisted of committee discussions about current topics including CSA 2010, inspections and electronic on-board recorders.

OOIDA participation came from General Vice President Woody Chambers who served on CVSA’s Vehicle Committee; Director of Regulatory Affairs Joe Rajkovacz on the Driver-Traffic Enforcement Committee; OOIDA Foundation Director of Operations Tom Weakley on the Program Initiatives Committee; Business Services Department Assistant Manager Kip Hough on the Size and Weight Committee; and Director of Security Operations Doug Morris on the Hazardous Materials Committee and the Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee.

On the topic of CSA 2010, Weakley said that although motor carriers will not be assigned a rating until sometime in 2011, the database would be up and running this year. Certain things still need to be sorted out.

“On CSA 2010, they’re looking at how to group certain carriers. They’re looking at vehicle miles traveled as opposed to the number of power units, or some kind of hybrid between the two of them,” Weakley said.

The issue of inspections and CSA 2010 dominated the committee discussion, Weakley said. CVSA named Rajkovacz and Weakley to an ad hoc committee on the topic.

“What constitutes an inspection? What is a pre-inspection and what is an inspection? There’s a lot of debate about that,” Weakley said. “Under CSA 2010 it becomes important to get that settled.”

A topic that went to a vote in committee, but did not advance, was a proposal to put RFID chips in the windshields of trucks. Morris said a motion to make RFIDs an agenda item was defeated by a narrow 8-7 vote.

On the issue of EOBRs, CVSA officials indicated that federal regulators may soon be casting a wider net to include more than just the industry’s bad actors.

“We will have a second phase next year, more of a universal mandate next year on EOBRs,” Weakley said. “They couldn’t elaborate on what was meant by an expanded mandate.”

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