It’s the Ironman for vehicle inspectors – a marathon test of knowledge, techniques, skill and analysis. It’s the CVSA Challenge where inspectors compete each year to show just how sharp they are at detecting hazardous vehicles, loads and drivers that threaten safe road travel.
Seven of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s commercial vehicle inspectors took part in the event, in Prince George, June 19 to 21. Here’s how it went:
Day 1: The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement inspectors had a day of specialized training.
Day 2: They did a mixed load dangerous goods inspection of a vehicle carrying flares, a compressed toxic gas cylinder, enzyme salts and a car battery. Then they performed an in-depth tractor trailer inspection which involved examining the driver’s paperwork and the vehicle’s mechanical condition and functioning.
Day 3: Inspectors performed a large bulk dangerous goods inspection of a vehicle transporting acid, and then inspected a motor coach (large tour bus). Finally, they completed an oral interview delivered by a panel of judges, which included a representative from the Central Interior Logging Association and last year’s CVSA Challenge winner.
The desire to be named B.C.’s best inspector, along with intense scrutiny during the timed events can put pressure on the inspectors. The CVSA Challenge is a demanding, tiring three days, but those who do it, say it’s fun and challenging.
This year’s winner was Val Hunsaker, an area vehicle inspector, based out of Prince George. Val has competed in the event three times previously, and this is the first time he has come out the winner.
The competitors’ efforts to prove and hone their skills at the CVSA challenge, enhances commercial vehicle inspections throughout the province. So when it comes to safe travel on B.C.’s highways, everyone is a winner.