NAIC 2013 Starts Next Week in Salt Lake City; Annual Competition Strengthens Inspection Quality, Uniformity, Reciprocity

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The 2013 North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC) takes place August 19-23 in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is hosted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and is held in conjunction with the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC).

It’s all about saving lives. By holding this competition annually, we strengthen the quality of inspections across North America.

A total of 52 roadside inspectors from across North America will gather in Salt Lake City, Utah to compete to be named the best commercial vehicle inspector during the 21st annual North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC), August 19-23, 2013. The event is hosted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and is held in conjunction with the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC).

Each year, CVSA recognizes the best of the best by inviting member jurisdictions throughout North America to participate in the North American Inspectors Championship. This year’s contestant line-up includes six representatives from Canada and 46 from the United States.

NAIC serves as a vital component in developing future leaders, strengthening industry and enforcement partnerships and promoting camaraderie between inspectors, jurisdictions and countries. Consequently, this ensures the quality, uniformity and reciprocity of the more than four million roadside inspections conducted each year across North America.

“It’s all about saving lives. By holding this competition annually, we strengthen the quality of inspections across North America. Contestants receive training on the latest safety information, technology, standards and inspection procedures while exchanging ideas, techniques and experiences with their peers from other jurisdictions,” said Stephen A. Keppler, CVSA’s Executive Director. “In order to advance commercial vehicle safety, we need the involvement of all stakeholders to help us better understand the issues and put practical solutions in place. This event allows us to continually build on the success of the North American Standard Inspection Program and provides member jurisdictions with a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their own CMV safety programs,” says Keppler.

NAIC inspectors compete for top honors in six event categories in pursuit of the Jimmy K. Ammons Grand Champion Award:

1. North American Standard Level I Inspection;
2. North American Standard Level I Inspection Procedure;
3. North American Standard HazMat/Transportation of Dangerous Goods Inspection;
4. North American Standard Cargo Tank/Other Bulk Packagings Inspection;
5. North American Standard Level V Passenger Vehicle (Motorcoach) Inspection; and,
6. North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Exam.

About CVSA
CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial, and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico. The mission of the Alliance is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. The Alliance actively monitors, evaluates and identifies solutions to potentially unsafe transportation processes and procedures related to driver and vehicle safety requirements most often associated with commercial motor vehicle crashes. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA, visit http://www.cvsa.org.

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