The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced Brake Safety Week will be held Sept. 15-21, which law enforcement will conduct roadside inspections on commercial motor vehicles (CMV) throughout North America in order to identify and remove critical brake violations from the nation’s roadways.
Brake Safety Week 2019 will place a particular focus on brake hoses and tubing.
Brake hoses and tubing needs to be properly attached, undamaged, leak-free, and flexible, says the association that governs roadside truck inspections.
Vehicles with critical brake or other critical vehicle inspection item violations will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected. Vehicles without critical vehicle inspection item violations are eligible to receive a CVSA decal indicating that the vehicle passed inspection.
Each inspection will serve the purpose of identifying out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system, antilock braking system (ABS) violations in addition to problems related to tubing and hoses.
In previous years, CVSA held a Brake Safety Day to help reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), but in recent years elevated the inspections to a week-long blitz. Inspectors will be advised to not only identify, but remove vehicles from roadways that have critical brake or other violations.
During the 2018 Brake Safety Week, just over 14% of inspected vehicles were placed out of service, according to the CVSA.
The ultimate goal of Brake Safety Week is to reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on CMVs.
This nationwide inspections comes just months after International Roadcheck and will take place a couple of months after Annual Safe Driver Week July 14-20. During Roadcheck, law enforcement stopped hundreds of thousands of CMVs to check for violations, specifically relating to steering and suspension.
Be Prepared for Brake Safety Week
Vehicle operators can prepare for the inspection by using performance-based brake testing, and ensuring vehicles are properly and regularly maintained.
Medallion Transport will continue to publish ways for its entire fleet to prepare for the inspection and continue to ensure vehicles are the safest possible for the roadways.
Brake Safety Week is sponsored by the CVSA in partnership with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
- Inspector’s will follow a seven-point plan through an inspection including: driver’s license, registration, low air warning device, pushrod travel, brake linings/drums, leaks and air loss rate and tractor protection system
- Specifically in regards to the brake system, inspectors are going to focus on eight specific features
- Checking the air brake mechanical components
- Checking the steering axle air brake mechanical components
- Checking the brake adjustment
- Building the air system’s pressure to 90-100 psi
- Checking the antilock braking system (ABS) if applicable
- Testing the air loss rate, if necessary
- Testing the low air pressure warning device
- Checking the tractor protection system
- Check for leaks and cracks, including air chambers, drum brakes and other linings that may have been oil-saturated