Commercial vehicle inspectors representing nearly every jurisdiction in North America each year train and prepare for what in the commercial motor vehicle enforcement industry is the equivalent of the Super Bowl –to win a trophy and be named champion in the North American Inspectors Championship. This year, candidates from the United States, Canada,and Mexico will convene Aug. 8-13 in Orlando, Fla., to compete.
“It is the job that these enforcement officers perform each and every day that save countless lives, making our country a safer place for everyone,” says Capt. Steve Dowling, CVSA president. “NAIC gives back to these inspectors an invaluable experience that broadens their understanding and, in many cases, deepens their passion for ensuring highway safety.”
NAIC gives inspectors the chance to compete for top honors in individual event categories in pursuit of the Jimmy K. Ammons Grand Champion Award. The events are designed to sharpen their skills and provide a snapshot of the current roadside inspection environment as well as a forum to evaluate both successes and areas for improvement.
NAIC is managed by CVSA and os funded in part by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. “Congratulations to all of the competitors,” says FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. “Their inspection skill and dedication to safety sets the bar high for inspectors nationwide and keeps trucks and buses operating safely on our highways.”
NAIC contestants are evaluated in six categories: North American Standard Level I Inspection; North American Standard Level I Inspection Procedures; North American Standard HazMat/Transportation of Dangerous Goods Inspection; North American Standard Cargo Tank/Other Bulk Packagings Inspection; North American Standard Level V Passenger Vehicle (Motorcoach) Inspection; and North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Exam.