The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) released the results from an unannounced brake inspection enforcement effort ahead of the upcoming Brake Safety Week blitz.

On July 19, the CVSA announced that a surprise “Brake Safety Day” took place throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Canada on May 26, 2021.

“Inspectors conducted their usual inspections and reported brake-related data to CVSA for Brake Safety Day,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “We are sharing the results to call attention to the importance of commercial motor vehicle brake safety.”

During the single day effort, inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. conducted 10,091 inspections and placed 1,273 vehicles out of service for brake violations.

Most of the inspections (8,658) took place in the U.S. In Canada, officers conducted 946 inspections. A total of 487 inspections were conducted in Mexico.

The out-of-service rate for brake violations was 13.3% in the U.S., 11.4% in Canada, and 2.9% in Mexico.

Most of the out-of-service orders were issued in the U.S., with a total of 1,151 vehicles removed from roadways due to brake violations.

During Brake Safety Day, inspectors focused on brake hoses/tubing violations.

A total of 1,725 brake hoses/tubing violations were reported; Canada reported 251 chafing violations, Mexico reported 186 and the U.S. reported 1,288.

The CVSA’s Brake Safety Week enforcement is taking place this year from August 22 — 28. Brake hoses/tubing will also be the area of special emphasis for Brake Safety Week.