The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee to exchange information and experience on vehicle safety inspections with their respective members.

"CVSA and CITA both share a mission to advance the cause of vehicle and highway safety," said Stephen A. 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."

"By strengthening the working relationship with CVSA, we will be better positioned to ensure road safety and improve compliance with environmental emission standards," said Thomas L. Springer, CITA's chair of the North American Regional Advisory Group.

Under the agreement, the two groups can 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, the agreement 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 is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial, and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. CITA, an international not-for-profit association based in Brussels, Belgium, represents all types of organizations and stakeholders who share a common interest in exchanging information, developing best practices and draft international standards in the field of road vehicle inspection.