August Marks the Trucking Industry’s Observance of Brake Safety Awareness
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) hosts the annual Brake Safety Week from August 21-27, 2022, which begins an inspection blitz for large commercial trucks throughout Texas and the rest of the country.
Inspectors will be looking for critical out-of-service (OOS) brake violations, along with other OOS violations that impact the safety of a commercial vehicle’s operation.
Checking brake system components is always part of the roadside inspection process. However, inspectors will be paying special attention to brake hoses and tubing during this year’s Brake Safety Week to highlight the importance of those components to vehicle mechanical fitness and safety. CVSA says hoses and tubing must be properly attached, undamaged, without leaks, and appropriately flexible.
In addition to CVSA’s Brake Safety Week, August is also Brake Safety Awareness Month. Along with inspections and enforcement, law enforcement agencies also engage in outreach and awareness efforts to educate drivers, motor carriers, mechanics, owner-operators, and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance, operation, and performance.
Why Are Brake Systems the Focus of Commercial Vehicle Roadside Inspections?
Brake Safety Awareness is an initiative that promotes commercial vehicle brake-safety inspection, enforcement, and education across North America.
CVSA reported that jurisdictions devote a week to conducting commercial motor vehicle inspections, identifying brake violations, and removing vehicles with out-of-service brake violations because:
- Brake system and brake adjustment violations accounted for more vehicle violations than any other vehicle violation category, accounting for 38.6% of all vehicle out-of-service conditions, during last year’s three-day International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement initiative.
- During last year’s Brake Safety Week, 12% of the 43,565 commercial motor vehicles inspected were placed out of service for brake-related violations.
- “Brake system” was the third most cited vehicle-related factor in fatal commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s(FMCSA) latest Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report.
- Brake-related violations accounted for eight out of the top 20 vehicle violations in 2020, according to FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System.
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