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2019 out-of-service criteria now in effect

CVSA updates took effect April 1

Posted April 3, 2019

The latest North American Standard Out-of-Service (OOS) criteria went into effect on April 1.

This year’s list includes a dozen additions and alterations to the criteria used to decide if a driver or a vehicle is too unsafe to operate and should be removed from the road.

The changes include amendments to the following:

  • Cracks in rotors (discs);
  • Cargo tiedown defects;
  • Broken bearing straps;
  • Missing permanent driver’s seat;
  • Hole worn in the drag link of a steering mechanism;
  • Issues with temporary and aisle seats on buses;
  • Missing/unreadable placards or placards misrepresenting materials in the vehicle;
  • Skill performance evaluation noncompliance; and
  • Expired decals from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

The Out-of-Service Criteria is updated annually and effective April 1 of each year. The criteria is then incorporated into North American Standard Inspection training materials as well as inspection bulletins, inspection procedures, operational policies, and training videos.

North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial EditionJ. J. Keller's North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial Edition details criteria that can prohibit a motor carrier or operator from driving or operating a commercial motor vehicle for a specified period of time or until the condition is corrected.


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