Policy Position on Commercial Motor Carrier Safety

AAMVA supports member jurisdictions in their efforts to promote safety through their Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Plans, commercial vehicle inspection, training and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations, state and local commercial motor vehicle (CMV) laws and rules of the road; to detect and prosecute drivers of commercial vehicles who operate in violation of driver hours of service, under the influence of alcohol or drugs and/or committing other moving violations. AAMVA supports the CVSA Certification program which provides specialized training for dealing with vehicle inspections and drivers of commercial vehicles to detect mechanical defects and driver qualifications. Participation in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) enhances national uniformity by utilizing inspection standards and use of the North American Out-of-Service criteria. AAMVA also supports the continued use of federal incentive funding to support state and local jurisdictions for increased uniform standards and efforts in the area of commercial vehicle safety, including a uniform traffic crash reporting and data collection system, with control in such system vested at the jurisdictional level. 

AAMVA supports member jurisdictions in their efforts to protect the infrastructure through commercial vehicle size and weight enforcement plans, over dimensional permitting, registration and fuel enforcement. AAMVA further supports the efforts of the International Registration Plan (IRP), the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA), and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) to promote and facilitate the safe operation of commercial vehicles. 

AAMVA encourages member jurisdictions to implement traffic safety initiatives such as Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) to promote education and enforcement of non-CMV vehicles driving safely around CMVs.  

[Amended 2020]