CVSA to collect data on underride guards during normal inspections Aug. 27-31

At the end of August, inspectors in each state will be collecting data on rear impact guards during routine commercial vehicle inspections.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced its Rear Impact Guard Check on Tuesday, which will be held Aug. 27-31. The organization says the enforcement initiative is a one-time, one-day event in which states will choose one day during that week to collect the data. CVSA says it will collect data on rear impact guards using Level I, II, IV or V inspections.

“It’s important to note that inspectors will be conducting business as usual and will not be doing anything differently during Rear Impact Guard Check, other than filling out a data collection form that they’ll submit to CVSA,” added Capt. Turner. “Drivers and motor carriers should not be impacted by this initiative.”

The data collection was prompted by the Stop Underrides Act of 2017, which is intended to protect car occupants in crashes where the car goes under the trailer. The organization says it was asked to weigh in on the policy Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), co-sponsors of the bill, and says it wants to collect data before offering its recommendation.


The full announcement from CVSA:


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ELD Facts

Some important ELD facts that you need to know include:


  • As of April 1, 2018, drivers who do not compliant will be placed out of service.

Property-carrying commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers operating their vehicle must have required registered electronic logging device or a  grandfathered automatic onboard recording device will be placed out of service for 10 hours; passenger-carrying CMV drivers will be placed out of service for 8 hours.


  • Drivers who are placed out of service will not be allowed to start their next trip without an ELD.

Some drivers may be able to continue on to their designation after they are placed out of service with paper logs but will not be allowed to start a new trip until they are compliant.


  • Repeated offenses will lead to further action.

Fines will increase, safety ratings will drop and drivers may be placed out of service for longer periods of time.


  • ELD infractions will now count against CSA score.

During the soft-enforcement period, scores were not affected. A poor CSA score can impact being able to get insurance and good loads.


  • Drivers must carry supporting documents in their trucks at all times.

These documents include a Quick Reference guide, ELD malfunctions guide, paper logs and instruction manuals for the app and devices.


  • Malfunctioning ELDs should be repaired or replaced within 8 days.

If it is going to take longer than 8 days, an extension may be requested. This is one of the reasons it is important to a supply of paper logs in the truck.


  • Not all ELDs are compliant with the 395.20 mandate.

Some older AOBRD systems are grandfathered in until December 18th, 2019, however, it is best to be compliant with the current rules instead of using an obsolete system and explaining the “grandfather” clause to a compliance officer.

  • CVSA Brake Safety Week is set for September 16-26

One of the main causes of drivers being placed out of service during the safety sweep in June and July was because of faulty brakes. Always make sure that your brakes are in proper working order to avoid a ticket and being placed out of service. If you are pulled over by a compliance officer and given a ticket for your brakes you will not be able to drive again until you make the necessary repairs. Officers will be on the lookout very heavily this week.

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