The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) just completed one major enforcement effort, but there’s another one on the way in a matter of weeks.
This year, the CVSA’s Brake Safety Week blitz is scheduled to take place throughout North America August 23 — 29. Operation Safe Driver Week took place July 12 — 18.
During Brake Safety Week, enforcement officials throughout North America will inspect CMVs for out-of-service violations. “Checking brake system components is always part of the roadside inspection process; however, inspectors will be paying special attention to brake hoses/tubing during this year’s Brake Safety Week to highlight the importance of those components to vehicle mechanical fitness and safety,” the CVSA states.
“During last year’s International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement initiative, brake system and brake adjustment violations accounted for 45.1% of all out-of-service conditions. That’s more than any other vehicle violation category. And during last year’s Brake Safety Week, 13.5% of the commercial motor vehicles inspected had brake-related vehicle inspection item violations and were placed out of service,” the CVSA statement reported.
The CVSA said that August is Brake Safety Awareness Month. During that month, the CVSA works to educate drivers, motor carriers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance, operation and performance.
“Brakes are one of the most important systems in a vehicle,” added Sgt. Samis. “Failure of any component of a brake system could be catastrophic. Routine brake system inspections and component replacement are vital to the safety of commercial motor vehicles.”