Starting next week is the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week.
Running September 6th -12th this weeklong campaign focuses on commercial motor vehicle (CMV) brake safety. During the week, DOT inspectors will be putting extra focus on brake inspections and looking for violations involving the braking system or brakes out-of-adjustment.
Brake Safety Week is part of a larger CVSA program called Operation Airbrake. One part of this program is an unannounced brake check day which was held earlier this year on May 6th. This one-day blitz saw over 6,000 vehicles checked with 31% of inspections resulting in out of service due to violations related to the brakes, brake components or brake adjustments.
Brakes are a crucial safety feature and are one of hardest working components on any vehicle. Even so they are often overlooked during pre-trip inspections. This is reflected by the fact that brake-related violations result in more out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections.
It’s important to make sure your brakes are inspected and maintained regularly. If brakes are not functioning correctly, it can greatly impact your stopping distances putting you and the public at a great safety risk.
You can learn more about Brake Safety Week and brake inspections in general on the CVSA website.
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