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12.6% of trucks ordered off the road during North American brake blitz


On Tuesday, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) released the results from the agency’s North American brake blitz.

This year, the CVSA’s Brake Safety Week took place August 20 — 26 in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

The area of emphasis for Brake Safety Week 2023 was lining/pad violations.

During the weeklong effort, officers conducted 18,875 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) inspections. Most CMVs — 87.4% — did not have any brake-related out-of-service violations.

Of those inspected CMVs,  2,375 (12.6%) were removed from roadways because inspectors discovered brake-related out-of-service violations. 

Of the CMVs placed out of service, 295 (12.4%) had steering axle brake violations, 1,127 (47.5%) had stand-alone brake violations and 1,394 (58.7%) failed the 20% defective brakes criterion, which states that a vehicle is out of service if the number of defective brakes is equal to or greater than 20% of the service brakes on the vehicle or combination, according to the CVSA.

In the U.S., 18,031 CMVs were inspected during Brake Safety Week. Of these inspected CMVs, 2,240 (12.4%) had brake-related out-of-service violations. Inspectors found lining/pad violations on 352 power units and 236 towed units.

The next CVSA Brake Safety Week blitz is scheduled for August 25 — 31, 2024.


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