Today the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance released the results from their unannounced Brake Safety Day inspection campaign in May 2017.
Surprise Brake Safety Day Puts Nearly 2000 Trucks Out Of Service
This year’s unannounced Brake Safety Day inspections took place throughout the U.S. and Canada on May 3.
During the surprise campaign, 9,524 inspections were conducted in 33 states and 10 Canadian provinces.
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.
The CVSA says that the Brake Safety Day inspections are designed to increase highway safety: “Brake Safety Day aims to improve commercial motor vehicle brake safety awareness throughout North America. Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capability and increase stopping distances of trucks and buses, which pose a serious risk to driver and public safety.”
Another Brake Safety Check Is On The Way
There is another announced Brake Safety Day inspection event scheduled for Thursday, September 7, 2017. During that campaign, officers will primarily conduct North American Standard Level I Inspections. Inspectors will pay special attention to “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.“