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Certification of Vehicle Inspectors, Safety Auditors and Safety Investigators

This document updates the operational procedures for certification of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) employees and non-FMCSA employees. This includes inspectors, investigators, and auditors who are funded through the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP), and other non-FMCSA employees who enforce Federal commercial statutes and regulations, and/or upload data into FMCSA information systems. As required by Section 211 of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act (MSCIA) of 1999, certification is required for all motor carrier safety auditors, including private contractors, who conduct safety inspection audits and reviews.

In addition, as required by Section 5202 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, this policy also adopts the roadside inspectors’ certification standards as developed and maintained by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Operational Policy 4 – Inspector Training and Certification (Attachment A). Where CVSA requirements do not exist, this policy establishes initial and maintenance of certification requirements for employees performing inspections, investigations, and safety audits (Attachment B).

See the document above  for complete guidance on the updated Certification Policy for Employees Who Perfom Inspections, Investigations and Safety Audits.

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