CVSA's out of service handbook now available; changes effective April 1

Updated Feb 9, 2024
CVSA handbook cover

Screenshot 2024 02 08 At 9 21 10 AmThe Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 2024 North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria spiral-bound handbook is now available for purchase.

The North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria are used by certified commercial vehicle safety enforcement personnel to determine if a commercial motor vehicle or driver is considered an imminent hazard and should be placed out of service. The federal/state/provincial/territorial regulations, together with CVSA’s out-of-service criteria, provide the standards that drivers, motor carriers and law enforcement personnel use to ensure the commercial motor vehicles and drivers operating on North America’s roadways are safe and compliant.

The 2024 handbook identifies driver, vehicle, hazardous materials/dangerous goods and administrative out-of-service conditions/violations and contains hundreds of photos of real-life violations. The handbook also includes decal qualification and placement reference charts, operational policies, a glossary of abbreviations, foldout inspection procedure schematics, descriptions of the inspection levels, a listing of current inspection bulletins, conversion tables, U.S. commercial driver’s license qualification and U.S. Department of Transportation number requirement charts, a Canadian driver’s licence reference guide, and more.

The 2024 out-of-service criteria will take effect on April 1 with 11 changes from the previous year’s criteria, all of which are outlined in this document. The 2024 criteria supersede all other versions.

The handbooks are available for purchase by inspectors, motor carriers, drivers, mechanics, safety managers, jurisdictions, agencies, transportation safety organizations, etc. Bulk orders are also available. Contact CVSA to place a bulk order.

In addition to the handbook, the out-of-service criteria are also available for purchase as a restricted PDF and as 8.5″ x 11″ documents in FrenchSpanish and dual-language French-English and Spanish-English. The out-of-service criteria will also be available via CVSA’s app next month and for the first time, bulk orders of the app will be available.