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Nationwide Inspection Blitz Slated for September 7

by Anna Mischke | Sep 01, 2017

Driver News 090117The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Day, is approaching quickly as part of the Operation Airbrake Program and is set to take place on September 7th. Sponsored by CVSA with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the goal of the inspection spree is to reduce the number of crashes caused by faulty brakes. Mechanical roadside inspections to identify and remove vehicles with critical brake violations is the main goal during the weeklong run of inspections.

Law enforcement agencies across North America will predominantly conduct Level 1 inspections- a 37-step procedure- and Level IV brake inspections for truckers, checking for out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system and antilock braking system (ABS) violations along with malfunction lamps. Inspections will review brake system components to look for missing and/or loose parts, leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors and other faulty brake system components.

The CVSA reports that brakes violations are the biggest cause for out-of-service violations and represent 45.7 percent of all out-of-service violations during last year’s International Roadcheck. 2016’s Brake Safety Week, now replaced by Brake Safety Days in May and September, pulled almost 4,000 trucks out-of-service for violations.

Brake Safety Day activities intend to “educate drivers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance, operation and performance” shared the CVSA and that “proper functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation.”

Over 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the initiation of the Operation Airbrake Program in 1998.

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