Trans-Atlantic vehicle safety partnership inked

April 28, 2010
North America’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is forging a partnership with Europe’s International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA) to exchange information and experience on vehicle safety inspections with its respective members, while helping beef up safety enforcement efforts on both continents

North America’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is forging a partnership with Europe’s International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA) to exchange information and experience on vehicle safety inspections with its respective members, while helping beef up safety enforcement efforts on both continents.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) defines the structural framework for the two groups as being to share information related to the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of in-service inspections of in-service commercial motor vehicles and ongoing enforcement inspections.

In addition, they said the MOU encourages: the development of best practice recommendations; international standards; coordinating research, studies and investigations; improving and harmonizing inspection methods, standards and equipment, quality control, quality assurance and accreditation; and training for inspectors and information systems used to improve inspection consistency and effectiveness.

“CVSA and CITA both share a mission to advance the cause of vehicle and highway safety,” noted Stephen Keppler, CVSA’s interim executive director. “This MOU affirms our commitment to work together in sharing our research, knowledge and experience to improve commercial motor vehicle inspections and further road safety worldwide.”

“Commercial vehicles are vital to commerce across the globe and ensuring they operate safely on roadways is critical,” added Thomas Springer, CITA’s chairman of the North American regional advisory group. “By strengthening the working relationship with CVSA, we will be better positioned to ensure road safety and improve compliance with environmental emission standards.”

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