The annual Brake Safety Week led by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) kicked off on Sept. 15 and runs through Sept 21. For the duration of the initiative, enforcement officials will conduct roadside safety inspections on commercial motor vehicles throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Fleet owners and managers should be aware that vehicles with critical vehicle inspection item violations will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected.
Vehicles that pass muster with officials are eligible for a CVSA decal indicating that the vehicle passed inspection.
Noteworthy this year, inspectors will be paying special heed to brake hoses and tubing. While checking those brake system components is always part of the North American Standard Inspection Program, CVSA wants to highlight brake hoses/tubing as a reminder of their importance to vehicle mechanical fitness and safety.
During last year’s three-day International Roadcheck enforcement campaign, out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations represented 45% of all out-of-service vehicle violations issued.
The mission of Brake Safety Week is to reduce the number of collisions caused or made more severe by faulty brakes on commercial motor vehicles.