This week is the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week. This means CVSA-certified enforcement personnel will conduct roadside inspections on commercial motor vehicles (CMV) to identify and remove any vehicles from the road that have critical brake violations.
Brake systems that are not maintained regularly or that are installed incorrectly can reduce braking efficiency, which can pose safety risks to drivers and other vehicles on the roadways.
According to the CVSA, 14 percent of all vehicles inspected during last year’s one-day Brake Safety Day were placed out-of-service for brake-related violations.
The CVSA states that this year’s week-long campaign, which is part of the Operation Airbrake Program, will include inspectors conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection. According to the CVSA, this 37-step procedure includes:
- Examination of driver operating requirements
- Evaluation of vehicle mechanical fitness
- Inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts
- Search for air or hydraulic fluid leaks
- Identification of defective rotor conditions
- Measurement of pushrod travel
- Identification of mismatched air chamber sizes across axles
- Examination of air reservoir integrity and mounting
- Evaluation of worn linings, pads, drums or rotors
- Identification of required brake-system warning devices
The CVSA warns that any CMV with “defected or out-of-adjustment” brakes will be placed out of service.
Brake Safety Week is sponsored by the CVSA, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.