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Don’t Miss This Exciting Competition in August!

Posted by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

There are many competitions taking place this August, including the Pan American Games in Peru, and the extreme sports X Games, being held in Minneapolis.  August also sees the start of the US Open tennis championship.

But there is another big competition taking place this August in Pittsburgh that will not only award skills; it will contribute to safer roads in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  This is the 27th annual North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC), which is being held from August 13-17, 2019.  It is organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, a non-profit association composed of state, local, and national government agencies, as well as drivers and representatives from industry. 

A total of 51 top commercial motor vehicle inspectors from Mexico, Canada, and the United States are heading to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to compete for the title of North America’s top inspector.

Attendees not only compete in timed trials, they receive two days of training on the latest commercial motor vehicle safety trends, technologies, standards and inspection procedures.  New this year is a session conducted by Truckers Against Trafficking.  They will teach the inspectors how to detect and fight the scourge of human trafficking.

After the training sessions are completed, the inspectors will spend two days in competition, starting with the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria examination.  They then inspect tractor-trailer combinations, including bulk or cargo tank carriers, hazardous material transporters and motor coaches.  The inspected vehicles are all similar makes, and have been prepared by experts to have the identical safety violations.  This ensures the competition is fair.

This competition is always conducted at the same time and place as the National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships, held by the American Trucking Association.

So, although only one inspector can take home the Jimmy K. Ammons Grand Champion title, every participant gains valuable new experience, knowledge and training. Each will return to a home state, territory or province to share new knowledge and skills with fellow inspectors.  This will not only benefit truck drivers, it helps make the roads safer for all the drivers who share the road with trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles.

That makes everyone a winner.

Inspectors’ work is largely unseen—they’re underneath commercial motor vehicles, checking tires, looking for oil leaks and examining areas of possible vehicle damage--but their work is absolutely vital. These competitions highlight a commitment to improved commercial motor vehicle safety by sharpening the skill sets of these dedicated professionals.

I wish all the competitors good luck at this year’s North American Inspectors Championship, and in the National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.

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