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CVSA releases results for Brake Safety Day 2017


The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has released the results from this year’s North American one day brake inspection blitz.

Nearly 1700 Trucks Placed OOS During One Day Brake Check

This year, Brake Safety Day took place on September 7 throughout the U.S. and Canada. Here are the major takeaways from this year’s campaign.

  • 7,698 inspections were conducted. 6,361 took place in the U.S. and 1,337 happened in Canada.
  • 22% of all trucks inspected (1,680 trucks) were placed out of service for violations of any kind.
  • 14% of all trucks inspected (1,064 trucks) were placed out of service for brake related violations.

Within the jurisdictions that measured antilock braking systems compliance, these were the major results from Brake Safety Day:

  • 5,456 air-braked power units required ABS. Of these, 11% (610) had ABS violations.
  • 3,749 of inspected trailers required ABS; 14% (540 trailers) had ABS violations.
  • 821 hydraulic-braked trucks required ABS; 5% (45 trucks) had ABS violations.

Thirty-one U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces/territories participated in Brake Safety Day activities.

This year, the CVSA replaced its usual Brake Safety Week enforcement campaign with two Brake Safety Days. In addition to the September 7 date which was announced, there was an unannounced Brake Safety Day that took place on May 3. During the unannounced brake inspection blitz, 9,524 inspections were conducted and twenty-one percent (or 1,989 commercial vehicles) of all vehicles inspected were placed out of service for a variety of violations.

Twelve percent (or 1,146 commercial vehicles) of all vehicles inspected were placed out of service for brake related violations during the May 3 campaign.

According to CVSA President Christopher Turner, “Brake-related violations are the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. CVSA’s Brake Safety Day provides an opportunity enhance brake safety. Our goal is to reduce the number of crashes caused by faulty braking systems, by conducting roadside inspections, educating drivers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake inspection and maintenance.


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