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ITS CVO Guiding Principles

The guiding principles below are the first of three sets of principles developed by the ITS America CVO Committee for the commercial vehicle industry.  These principles are an integral part of the national Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) program.  Since the creation of the principles below, there have been two additional sets of guiding principles to help guide ITS deployment in the CVO industry.  These two sets are the Fair Information Principles for ITS/CVO and the ITS/CVO Interoperability Guiding Principles.

E-Squared Engineering staff have been instrumental in the development of these principles on many levels.  The President of E-Squared Engineering (Richard Easley) served as a committee member and the ITS America CVO Coordinator responsible for support and coordination of the CVO Programs Subcommittee throughout the development of the original set of guiding principles.  In addition, Mr. Easley actively participated in the development of the ITS/CVO Interoperability Guiding Principles in his role as Chairman of the ITS CVO Architecture and Standards Subcommittee.

The following ITS CVO Principles are provided in their entirety.

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ITS CVO Guiding Principles

The ITS America CVO Committee presents this set of guiding principles which will guide the states and federal government on matters concerning technology and commercial vehicle operations. This list of 39 guiding principles was established by the CVO Programs Subcommittee with representation from National Private Truck Council, ATA, carriers, owner operators, motorcoach representation, UPS, several state administrative and regulatory agencies, AAMVA, AASHTO, and Canada. These principles took two years to create and 100% consensus was reached.


A balanced approach involving ITS/CVO technology as well as institutional changes will be used to achieve measurable improvements in efficiency and effectiveness for carriers, drivers, governments, and other CVO stakeholders. Specific technology and process choices will be largely market-driven.

The CVISN architecture will enable electronic information exchange among authorized stakeholders via open standards.

The architecture deployment will evolve incrementally, starting with legacy systems where practical and proceeding in manageable steps with heavy end-user involvement.

Safety assurance activities will focus resources on high risks, and be structured so as to reduce the compliance costs of low-risk carriers and drivers.

Information technology will support modified practices and procedures to improve CVO credential and tax administration efficiency for carriers and government.

Roadside operations will focus on eliminating unsafe and illegal operations by carriers, drivers, and vehicles without undue hindrance to productivity and efficiency of safe and legal carriers and drivers.

General CVO

To the extent possible, ITS/CVO technology development and deployment will be market-driven. The federal role in ITS deployment will be limited to instances in which a government role is indispensable and in which the technology is proven and reliable.

Investment and participation in ITS/CVO technology will be voluntary.

The relative benefits of various ITS/CVO technology applications and investments will be assessed quantitatively using measures of effectiveness and established methods of quality control.

Potential ITS/CVO technology applications will be evaluated against regulatory choices involving low-technology and non-technological options to ensure applications are cost-effective for both government and industry.

Government CVO policies and regulatory practices will permit safe and legal carriers and drivers to operate without unnecessary regulatory and administrative burdens.

Stakeholders will use technology and institutional reform to implement continuous process improvement and cost-effective process re-engineering.

The confidentiality of proprietary and other sensitive stakeholder information will be preserved.

The United States CVO community will work to implement compatible policies and architecture and interoperable systems in all states.

The United States CVO community will work with those in Canada, Mexico, and other nations to encourage compatible policies and architecture and to implement interoperable systems throughout North America and, when possible, worldwide.

CVISN Architecture

The CVISN architecture will be open, modular, and adaptable.

The architecture will enable data exchange among systems, a key to reaching CVO objectives. Methods used to exchange data will ensure data integrity and prevent unauthorized access.

Data exchange will be achieved primarily via common data definitions, message formats, and communication protocols. These enable development of interoperable systems by independent parties.

A jurisdiction shall have and maintain ownership of any data collected by any agent on its behalf.

The architecture will accommodate existing and near-term communications technologies.

The architecture will accommodate proven technologies and legacy systems whenever possible.

The CVISN architecture will allow government and industry a broad range of options, open to competitive markets, in CVO technologies.

CVISN Deployment

The feasibility of the architecture will be demonstrated incrementally and quickly in simulations, prototypes, operational tests, and pilots. There will be heavy end-user involvement in each step of the process.

After feasibility has been demonstrated, key architectural elements will be incorporated into appropriate national and international standards.

The architecture deployment will evolve incrementally, starting with legacy systems where practical and proceeding in manageable steps.

Strong federal leadership will foster voluntary cooperative efforts within government jurisdictions and among groups of other stakeholders to develop systems which are in accord with the architecture.

Safety Assurance

Carriers and drivers will be responsible for the safe and legal operation of commercial vehicles.

Jurisdictions will develop and implement uniform standards, practices, procedures, and education programs to improve safety. These activities will leverage market forces that encourage safety.

Jurisdictions will focus safety enforcement resources on high risk carriers and drivers. They will remove chronic poor performers from operation and help cooperative marginal performers to improve.

Jurisdictions will conduct inspections and audits to provide incentives for carriers to improve poor performance and to collect information for assessing carrier and driver performance.

Jurisdictions will use a safety risk rating for all carriers based on best available information and common criteria.

Jurisdictions will identify high risk drivers based on best available information and common criteria.

Safety programs will provide benefits which exceed costs for carriers and drivers as well as governments.

Credential & Tax

Electronic information will be used in place of paper documents for the administration of CVO credential and tax requirements.

Authorized users will be able to electronically exchange credential and tax-related information and funds via open standards and transmission options.

The information needed to administer tax and credential programs involving carriers, drivers, and vehicles will be available to authorized officials, on a need-to-know basis.

Individual jurisdictions, or their designated agent, will be the authoritative source of information on credentials they issue.

Roadside Operations

Roadside operations will focus on eliminating unsafe and illegal operations by carriers, drivers, and vehicles and will be designed and administered to accomplish this in a manner that does not unduly hinder the productivity and efficiency of safe and legal motor carriers and drivers.

Jurisdictions will support CVO roadside operations programs with timely, current, accurate, and verifiable electronic information, making it unnecessary for properly equipped vehicles to carry paper credentials.


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