Monday, February 06, 2017

CVSA appoints new director of roadside inspection program

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance recently announced that Kerri Wirachowsky joined the Alliance on February 6 as director of roadside inspection program.

Wirachowsky was employed by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation from 1987 to 2016 and actively involved in the commercial motor vehicle enforcement program since 1990. Most recently, she served as the head of enforcement program evaluation. Wirachowsky has extensive experience with commercial motor vehicle regulations, enforcement and processes, a proven comprehensive understanding of the transportation safety industry, sound knowledge of the government’s role, strategic direction and policy agendas, and a commitment to advancing CVSA’s mission, vision and goals.

“Kerri’s impressive professional background features relevant responsibilities, qualifications and experience that made her an appropriate fit and a natural choice to join the Alliance in this newly created position,” said CVSA Executive Director Collin Mooney. “In addition, drawing from her extensive knowledge of both Canadian and American regulations, we believe the Alliance will benefit from bolstered Canadian-American partnerships, enforcement consistency and uniformity across borders, and well-established cross-country connections with Kerri as the director of roadside inspection program.”

Wirachowsky is no stranger to CVSA. In 2001, she was named the Jimmy K. Ammons Grand Champion, the highest honor a roadside inspector can achieve, at the CVSA North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She went on to then serve as co-chair for NAIC from 2003 to 2007 and continued to be a key organizer and authority for NAIC beyond her term.

Wirachowsky has also been a CVSA-certified North American Standard Level I Inspection instructor since 1996 and delivered in-service/refresher training to existing inspectors and educated and developed new CVSA trainers in Canada. In addition, Wirachowsky chaired the CVSA Vehicle Committee from 2007 to 2016, setting a high standard of excellence in that leadership position. During her tenure as chair, the Vehicle Committee revised, developed, improved and clarified several aspects of the out-of-service criteria based on collaborative input from stakeholders. Most recently within the Alliance, Wirachowsky served as president of Region V on the CVSA Board of Directors.

“I am honored to be a part of the CVSA team and welcome the opportunity to contribute to the Alliance to ensure the ongoing improvement of commercial motor vehicle enforcement in this environment of rapid change,” said Wirachowsky. “I sincerely believe in the vision and mission of this organization and its overall goal of ensuring the safe and efficient movement of people and goods throughout North America. The future of the Alliance will be very exciting and challenging and I am excited to be a part of it.”
As director of roadside inspection program, Wirachowsky will serve as the primary resource and expert on roadside enforcement and inspection issues for headquarters staff, CVSA membership, the media, industry, the general public, government agencies and other internal/external stakeholders. Based on her extensive experience with commercial vehicle enforcement, Wirachowsky will offer advice and counsel on roadside enforcement and inspection regulations, legislation, out‐of‐service criteria, inspection procedures and operational policies.