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Reminder: Brake Safety Week Coming Soon!


Drivers, get ready! Brake Safety Week is right around the corner!

The annual enforcement blitz known as Brake Safety Week will run September 6-12, 2015.

Brake Safety Week is a nationwide campaign sponsored by the CVSA, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Throughout North America, commercial vehicle inspectors will be out in full force conducting Level 4 inspections. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service.

“Brake inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week include inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components. Antilock braking system (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps also are checked. Inspectors will inspect brake components and measure pushrod stroke where applicable. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service,” CVSA states.

In addition, some Level I inspections will be conducted in the 10 jurisdictions that are currently using performance-based brake testing equipment, the CVSA warns. “The minimum braking efficiency for trucks is 43.5 percent, required by U.S. federal regulation and the CVSA Out-of-Service Criteria.”

According to the CVSA, out-of alignment brakes and brake system violations constitute half of all out-of-service violations issued to commercial vehicles. They say the objective of the annual enforcement campaign is to reduce the number of highway crashes caused by faulty brake systems.

2014 Brake Safety Week Results:

-13,305 CMVs and buses were inspected. 20,067 inspected in 2013)

1,388 or 10.4 percent of vehicles were placed OOS for brake adjustment (9.0 in 2013, 9.4 percent in 2012, 8.4 percent in 2011)

– 1,244 or 9.3 percent of vehicles were placed OOS for brake components (7.1 percent in 2013, 7.8 percent in 2012, 7.9 percent in 2011)

– 1,658 or 16.2 percent of vehicles were placed OOS for brakes overall (13.5 percent in 2013, 15.3 percent in 2012, 14.2 percent in 2011)

Of the 13,305 vehicles that were inspected, 2,162 were placed out of service.  The OOS rate rose from 13.5% in 2013 to 16.2% in 2014.

Read more about CVSA’s inspection procedures.



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