According to a statement from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, inspectors shut down 13.3% of the commercial vehicles they inspected during Brake Safety Week in August, as 38,117 inspections were conducted during the brake-related event in the US, Canada and Mexico.
As part of CVSA’s Operation Airbrake program in collaboration with the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canada’s Council of Motor Transport Administrators and Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation, 87% of August safety inspections found no brake-related violations , according to the CVSA.
The inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week are no different than those conducted any other day of the year. During the week, however, inspectors collected brake-related data and then submitted it to CVSA for compilation, analysis, and release.
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By country, inspectors in Canada examined 1,975 commercial vehicles and grounded 351 (17.8%) for brake violations. In Mexico, 1,740 were controlled. Of these, 44 or 2.5% were decommissioned. In the US, of the 34,402 vehicles inspected, 4,664 (13.6%) were taken out of service.
Additionally, 11 jurisdictions using Performance-Based Brake Testers (PBBT) evaluated the braking performance of 392 commercial vehicles during Brake Safety Week. Of the vehicles evaluated, 29 vehicles failed the PBBT tests, representing a 7% failure rate. PBBTs, based on mechanical or electronic deceleration meters, assess a vehicle’s braking capability through a braking performance test that measures deceleration and/or stopping distance, regardless of brake type or actuation method.
During Brake Safety Week, inspectors primarily performed the North American standard Level I or Level V inspections. Both stages involve the examination of braking systems and components. Inspectors look for missing, non-functioning, loose, cracked, or broken parts, such as: B. spider castings, return springs, brake drums or rotors, brake shoes, pads or pads and slack adjusters.
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They also look for contaminated pads or pads, unmade holes in spring brake housings, S-Cam flip-overs, and audible air leaks. They check for mismatched brake cylinders on an axle, air tank security, hose and line condition, system air pressure, breakaway coupling, tractor protection system, pushrod travel and brake system warning devices.
CVSA is a non-profit organization composed of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial vehicle safety officials and industry representatives. The Alliance aims to prevent commercial vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities and believes that collaboration between government and industry improves road safety and saves lives.
In June, CVSA announced this year’s Brake Safety Week dates. According to the CVSA Nov. 15 publication, it announces these dates in advance to remind drivers and transport companies of the importance of proper brake maintenance and to encourage proactive vehicle maintenance ahead of the special inspection campaign. Next year’s Brake Safety Week is scheduled for August 20-26.
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The objective of the dedicated inspection campaign is to reduce the number of accidents caused by faulty braking systems by conducting roadside inspections and educating drivers, mechanics and owners about the importance of proper brake inspection, maintenance and operation.
In June, inspectors inspected 6,204 vehicles transporting hazardous materials or dangerous goods and 6,668 packages in the United States and Canada during an unannounced five-day CVSA enforcement initiative.
During the Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods Road Blitz, which took place June 13-17, inspectors identified 1,774 hazardous materials/goods violations. Vehicles found to have dangerous or dangerous out-of-service violations — or other driver or vehicle violations – were banned from driving until all out-of-service violations were resolved.
CVSA’s annual international roadcheck in May focused on wheel ends but found that bad brakes and incorrect driver records were the most common violations in 2022. Road inspectors disabled more than 12,000 commercial vehicles and nearly 4,000 drivers during the road check. CVSA-certified inspectors conducted approximately 59,000 inspections during the May 17-19 blitz.