CVSA’s new out-of-service criteria now in effect

April 1, 2019

Chuck Robinson


The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 2019 North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria went into effect on Monday, April 1. The 2019 criteria replaces and supersedes all previous versions.

The criteria are used on a pass-fail basis for roadside safety inspections. Violations can render the driver, vehicle and/or motor carrier out of service until the condition or violation can be repaired or corrected.

A full list of the changes, which were approved in October, can be found here.

The changes include placing a vehicle out of service if it has cracks in structural supports of a brake rotor, a missing driver’s seat, and defects in the steering mechanism.

A new North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria is put into effect every April 1. Print and electronic versions of the 2019 edition of the handbook are available for purchase through the CVSA online store.


Chuck Robinson formerly was senior copy editor for a weekly trade publication serving the fresh produce industry. He has served trade publications, horticultural journals and community newspapers for 25 years.