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 COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SAFETY DIVISION

 

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Division (CVSD) coordinates the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) throughout Pennsylvania using a strategy of education, regulatory oversight, and enforcement to prevent crashes and save lives. In addition, the CVSD is responsible for coordinating Pennsylvania’s vehicle weight enforcement and school bus safety programs.


Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program
Throughout Pennsylvania, more than 700 specially trained state and local officers inspect commercial vehicles and their drivers for compliance with state and federal motor carrier safety regulations. Inspections are conducted at interstate weigh stations as well as along many of the state’s frequently travelled rural roadways.

Current Emergency Declarations: None

URGENT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: FMCSA has published an important safety bulletin regarding a critical safety defect identified by Volvo Trucks that could severely affect the safe operation of certain vehicles due to a faulty two-piece steering shaft. Volvo has issued a safety recall alert to address this issue. Volvo steerting shaft recall - field fact sheet.
The bulletin includes the guidance Volvo has prepared for motor carriers operating these vehicles.  At this time we ask any Federal or State Inspector, Auditor or Investigator that identifies a vehicle subject to this recall to ensure that the operator contacts Volvo for further instructions before continuing to operate the vehicle.  Please pass this information To anyone affected as soon as possible.

Motor Carrier Rules and Regulations
PA Truckers Handbook


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Weight Enforcement Program
While inspecting commercial vehicles for safety compliance, many of Pennsylvania’s motor carrier enforcement professionals also weigh them in an effort to help protect our transportation infrastructure.  Using weigh in motion and portable scales, commercial vehicles are screened and weighed to ensure compliance with Pennsylvania’s weight laws.
PA Truckers Handbook
Special Hauling Permit Information
Motor Carrier Height and Weight Restrictions


School Bus Inspection Program
Each year, more than 28,000 registered school buses are inspected during the months of May-August. School buses and school vehicles are also subjected to random inspections throughout the school year to further ensure the safe transportation of Pennsylvania’s school students.
Pennsylvania School Bus Drivers Manual
School Bus & School Vehicle Inspection Standards
School Bus Safety Tips
Pennsylvania School Bus Association
Pennsylvania Association of School Bus Officials
Pupil Transportation Association of Pennsylvania

 

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