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CVSA Releases Results of 2013 Brake Safety Week


Yesterday, the CVSA announced the results of the agency’s annual Brake Safety Week campaign. This year, Brake Safety Week ran from September 8-14, 2013.

Brake Safety Week is a part of the Operation Airbrake program and is sponsored by CVSA and FMCSA.

During Brake Safety Week, CMV inspectors fan out across North America to conduct brake-related violations.

This year, 20,067 CMVs were inspected and 2,714 (13.5%) were placed out of service for brake-related violations.

The rate for brake-related violations ties with the lowest OOS records which were recorded in May 2013 and September 2010.

“This is encouraging news,“ says CVSA President Tom Fuller, a sergeant with the New York State Police. “Maintenance is a critical part of vehicle and carrier safety performance, brakes especially. The recent data indicates a positive trend in that direction. We appreciate responsible carriers taking it seriously and doing their part to make our highways safer,” said Fuller.

Canada’s OOS rate was even lower than the U.S. Canada’s OOS rate was 9.2%.

2013 Brake Safety Week stats from the CVSA:

  •     20,067 vehicles were inspected. In 2012, 21,255 were inspected.
  •     1,811 or 9% of vehicles were placed OOS for brake adjustment (9.4% in 2012, 8.4% in 2011, 8.9% in 2010).
  •     1,434 or 7.1% of vehicles were placed OOS for brake components (7.8% in 2012, 7.9% in 2011, 8% in 2010).
  •     2,714 or 13.5% of vehicles were placed OOS for brakes overall (15.3% in 2012, 14.2% in 2011, 13.5% in 2010).
  •     More than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program’s inception.

“This achievement shows that we are moving in the right direction,” said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne S. Ferro, adding, ”but the results also reveal that collective efforts are still necessary to make commercial vehicle operations across the continent the safest possible. We thank CVSA and all of its members for their professionalism and dedication – not only during Brake Safety Week – but every day enforcing commercial vehicle safety regulations that protect the motoring public.”

About Operation Airbrake

The Operation Airbrake campaign is an international effort dedicated to preventing truck and bus crashes and saving lives throughout North America. Its importance is underscored by the fact that brakes were cited as an associated factor in nearly three of ten CMV crashes, according to the most recent Large Crash Causation study. It was first developed in 1998 in Canada and has grown to include two annual enforcement events and educational efforts throughout the year all across North America. The campaign seeks reductions in the rates of brake-related violations and encourages improved understanding and practices of proper brake maintenance. It follows other Selective Traffic Enforcement Program models, which have as been used successfully in other areas of traffic safety. Learn more about Operation Airbrake and Brake Safety Week at operationairbrake.com.

About CVSA

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. Its mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. The Alliance actively monitors, evaluates, and identifies solutions to potentially unsafe transportation processes and procedures related to driver and vehicle safety requirements most often associated with commercial motor vehicle crashes. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more information, visit cvsa.org.


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