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Brake Safety Week is August 23-29

Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol

As part of Brake Safety Awareness Month, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will hold its annual Brake Safety Week inspection blitz from August 23-29. Law enforcement agencies across North America will ramp up Level I Inspections during the week with an emphasis on identifying critical out-of-service brake safety violations. Brake problems account for nearly half of all out-of-service violations. The CVSA’s 2019 Brake Safety Day initiative removed 1,667 vehicles from service for brake violations, representing 16.1 percent of a total 10,358 inspections. Inspection violations can result in fines, accumulation of CSA points, or out-of-service orders for unsafe conditions likely to cause a crash. Vehicles that pass inspection are eligible to receive a CVSA decal.

“Safety is always our top priority and it’s our mission to ensure the vehicles on our roadways have met all safety standards and regulations,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “This is especially important as we rally behind truck drivers as they transport essential goods during this public health crisis. We need to do everything we can to ensure that the vehicles truck drivers are driving are as safe as possible.”

The Washington State Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Division will participate in the weeklong emphasis. According to Captain Shannon Bendiksen, “The Washington State Patrol is an active participant in the CVSA Brake Safety Week as well as other safety initiatives. For the week, there will be an extra emphasis on examining brake systems and identifying equipment failures.  This is also an opportunity for officers to educate drivers, mechanics, motor carriers, and others on the importance of brake inspections, maintenance, care and operations. The ultimate goal is to make the roadways safer for the motoring public.” 

Maintaining your brake system is the best way to pass an inspection and ensure the safety of your truck on the road. Check the following items to make sure your brakes are in safe working condition:

  • Manual or automatic slack adjuster function and stroke length.
  • Brake linings/pads.
  • Brake drums.
  • Air hose and brake tube condition.
  • Mechanical components including springs, anchor pins, cam rollers, and push rods.
  • Air compressor.
  • ABS malfunction indicator light.
  • No pulling to one side or pushing when the brakes are applied on the road.

Brake Safety Week is a part of the Operation Airbrake Program, sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators

Check the Keep Trucking Safe website for general maintenance training resources.

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Braking News: Brake Safety Week is September 16-22

Brake inspection happening Sept 16-22

Law enforcement agencies across North America will step up commercial vehicle inspections during the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week from September 16-22. Officers will conduct 37-step North American Level I Inspections that focus on commercial driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Brake Safety Week brings awareness to truck fleets, drivers and mechanics about the importance of performing routine brake system inspections and maintenance.

 

Nearly half of all commercial vehicles placed out-of-service are due to brake-related violations. In April, the CVSA’s unannounced Brake Safety Day inspection blitz placed 1,595 commercial motor vehicles out of service for brake violations, or 13.8 percent of a total 11,531 inspections. Inspection violations can result in citations, accumulation of CSA points, or out-of-service orders for unsafe conditions likely to cause a crash.

 

The Washington State Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Division will participate in the weeklong emphasis. According to Captain Matt Couchman, “Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency, posing serious risk to public safety on our roadways. The Washington State Patrol participates in state and federal emphases to reduce commercial motor vehicle collision in the State of Washington.”

Maintaining your brake system is the best way to pass an inspection and ensure the safety of your truck on the road. Check the following items to keep your brakes are in proper working order:

 

  • Manual or automatic slack adjuster function and stroke length
  • Brake linings/pads
  • Brake drums
  • Air hose and brake tube condition
  • Mechanical components including springs, anchor pins, cam rollers, and push rods
  • Air compressor
  • ABS malfunction indicator light

 

Brake Safety Day is a part of the Operation Airbrake Program, sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.

Check the CVSA website for more information about Brake Safety Week.