The CVSA has released the results of the unannounced Brake Safety Day. The event took place on April 25, 2018, when roadside inspections were conducted in 41 U.S. states and 11 Canadian provinces/territories.
According to the results released by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, 1,595 vehicles were placed out of service for brake violations. A total of 11,531 roadside inspections were conducted, out of which 13.8% of inspections resulted in an out-of-service violation.
According to the CVSA President Capt. Christopher Turner, “Inspecting, identifying and removing commercial motor vehicles with brake violations from our roadways is critical to the safety of the traveling public. Brake systems that are improperly installed, neglected or poorly maintained reduce braking efficiency and increase stopping distances of trucks and buses, posing a serious transportation safety risk.”
Here are some highlights from the Brake Safety Day inspection data:
- The majority of inspections — 10,074 inspections — were conducted in the United States of America.
- The out-of-service rate in the United States was at 14%.
- In Canada, 1,457 inspections happened.
- The out-of-service rate in Canada was 12.4% — slightly lower than the out-of-service rate in the U.S.
- 86.2% of the inspected CMVs did not have any critical brake-related issues.
The CVSA holds brake-focused enforcement events throughout the year. The purpose of these enforcement initiatives is to identify and remove CMVs with critical brake-related issues, improve road safety, and reduce the number of crashes caused by problematic braking systems.
The CVSA is also holding another Brake Safety event from September 16 to September 22 this year. During the Brake Safety Week, the special focus will be on brake components. However, most of the inspections will be Level 1 inspections — a 37-step procedure in which the CVSA inspector examines both the driver and the commercial motor vehicle.
For more information regarding the upcoming Brake Safety Week in September, read this blog post.
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