Georgia DPS Shows Off Portable CMV Brake Testing Machine During Inspection Blitz
Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Department of Public Safety (GaDPS) demonstrated its Portable CMV Brake Testing Machine during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week.
In July, GaDPS took to social media to show off its newest big rig brake inspection device calling it a “great tool that can help take unsafe CMVs off the roadway.”
The Facebook post stirred a bit of controversy, which Transportation Nation Network reported on HERE.
Multiple curious commenters requested to see a video of the machine in action.
On Thursday, as part of the CVSA’s week-long brake inspection blitz, GaDPS posted a video demonstrating how the CMV brake tester works.
WATCH it below.
— Georgia Department of Public Safety (@ga_dps) August 27, 2020
“The machine rotates the tires. The driver slowly mashes the breaks,” a representative from Georgia’s Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) says. “The purpose is to the check the rolling friction of each wheel-end.”
While the video did not illicit nearly the responses of GaDPS’ July post, there was again quite a divergence of opinion among commenters about the machine.
“When they going to start inspecting cars?” asked Erick Oca.
“These idiots think they are teaching everyone about safety,” Blair Veazey wrote. “The public knows it is all about the money.”
However, other commenters were much more impressed.
“That’s neat,” said James Lewis.
Jennifer Kiker Pyland chimed in, “Great Job Officers!”
“Glad y’all finally shared it in action!” said Donald Perrin.
Steven Gregory Maschok shared his recent experience.
“I just had an inspection and he rolled under and marked my brakes. I passed. I never seen a machine like this in my little 5 years OTR,” he said.
The CVSA’s Brake Safety Week is set to end on Saturday, August 29.
During last year’s Brake Safety Week, 13.5 percent of the CMVs inspected had brake-related vehicle inspection item violations and were placed out-of-service.
TNN will keep you posted on the results of this year’s brake inspection blitz.