On May 3, 2017, more than 9,500 commercial motor vehicles were inspected for an unannounced brake safety enforcement event coordinated by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Enforcement personnel throughout North America conducted inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and antilock braking system (ABS) violations.
Inspection data from the enforcement initiative produced the following notable results:
- In all, 9,524 inspections (U.S. 8,140; Canada 1,384) were conducted as part of Brake Safety Day
- 79% of the vehicles inspected did not have any critical item vehicle violations.
- 21% (1,989) resulted in a vehicle being placed out of service for vehicle violations of any kind.
- 12% (1,146) resulted in a vehicle being placed out of service for brake-related violations.
Many participating jurisdictions were able to survey ABS compliance, as follows:
- 4,635 air-braked trucks and tractors were identified as requiring ABS; 8% (391) had ABS violations.
- 3,222 trailers were identified as requiring ABS; 15% (487) had ABS violations.
- 723 hydraulic-braked trucks required ABS; 6% (41) had ABS violations.
Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capability and increase stopping distances of trucks and buses, which pose a serious risk to driver and public safety.
CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program is holding one more brake safety enforcement event this year on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Brake Safety Day is part of the Operation Airbrake Program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Operation Safe Driver Week set for October 15-21
Get ready for more inspections! Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and educational outreach as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 15-21, 2017. Throughout the week, enforcement personnel will identify and issue warnings and/or citations to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors on our roadways.