Check Those Brakes Now!

Brake Safety Week Is September 15-21

This year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Brake Safety Week will be taking place September 15-21 throughout the U.S. and Canada. During the event, law enforcement officials will be conducting roadside inspections to look for critical brake violations. Vehicles with critical brake violations, or other critical vehicle inspection item violations, will be placed out of service 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.

The special emphasis during this year’s Brake Safety Week inspections will be on brake hoses and tubing.

CVSA conducts brake-focused enforcement events to identify and remove commercial motor vehicles with dangerous brake issues from the roadways to reduce the number of crashes caused by or made more severe by deficient braking system performance. Out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations represented 45 percent of all out-of-service vehicle violations issued during last year’s three-day International Roadcheck enforcement campaign.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Analysis and Information Online 2019 calendar year data snapshot as of June 28, 2019, out of 1.8 million inspections, the top five brake-related violations were:

  • Clamp or roto type brake out of adjustment (86,296)

  • CMV manufactured after Oct. 19, 1994, has an automatic brake adjustment system that fails to compensate for wear (45,594)

  • Brake hose or tubing chafing and/or kinking (37,737)

  • No or defective ABS malfunction indicator lamp for trailer manufactured after March 1, 1998 (37,343)

  • Inoperative/defective brakes (32,125)  

Remember that routine brake system inspections and maintenance are vital to the safety of commercial motor vehicles. Be sure to perform those pre- and post-trip inspections properly, and address any brake problems immediately!