CVSA’s Brake Safety Week Leaves 5,000 Vehicles Out-Of-Service
Little Rock, Arkansas (Transportation Nation Network HQ) – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance released its inspection results today from their Brake Safety Week, held Sept. 16-22.
Almost 5,000 vehicles were put out-of-service for critical brake violations. Law enforcement in the U.S. and Canada inspected nearly 35,000 vehicles during the inspection blitz. A focus of Brake Safety Week was inspecting and looking for antilock braking systems (ABS) violations. Inspectors wanted to determine if ABS are maintained in accordance with federal regulations.
What they found was of the 26,143 air-braked power units that required ABS, 8.3% (2,176) had ABS violations; of the 17,857 trailers that required ABS; 12.5% (2,224) had ABS violations; and 0f the 5,354 hydraulic-braked trucks that required ABS, 4.4% (234) had ABS violations.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s data snapshot as of Sept. 28 reflects that out of 2.38 million total inspections, 1.04 million were cited for brake-related violations in federal fiscal 2018.
CVSA chose to step up its enforcement of brake related inspections this year after conducting a one day only brake safety event last year. CVSA chose to conduct a week-long inspection blitz this year, in part, because during CVSA’s International Roadcheck 72-hour inspection blitz in June, brake violations were the top vehicle out-of-service violation. In fact, 28.4% of all vehicle OOS violations stemmed from brake violations.