Surprise Brake Inspection Blitz Places More Than 1,600 CMVs Out-Of-Service
Washington D.C. – A recent unannounced brake safety inspection blitz conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) placed more than 1,600 commercial motor vehicles (CMV) out of service (OOS).
On May 15, 2019, the CVSA law enforcement members conducted 10,358 CMV inspections focused on identifying brake system violations, according to an announcement on Wednesday.
Of those inspections, 16.1% of vehicles had brake-related critical vehicle inspection items.
Those 1,667 vehicles were placed OOS until the violations could be corrected, CVSA says.
CVSA says the goal of the unannounced May 15 operation was to “call attention to this serious issue.”
Fifty-five jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada (45 U.S. states and territories and 10 Canadian provinces and territories) participated, according to CVSA.
Inspectors also paid close attention to violations involving brake hoses/tubing.
Inspectors reported there were 996 units with chafed rubber hose violations and 185 units had chafed thermoplastic hose violations.
Additionally, CVSA reported there were 1,125 violations of 49 Code of Federal Regulations § 393.45 and Canadian equivalent violations that included chafed rubber hoses.
Further, there were 124 violations of 49 Code of Federal Regulations § 393.45 and Canadian equivalent violations that included kinked thermoplastic hoses.
“Brake hoses and tubing must be properly attached, undamaged, without leaks and appropriately flexible,” said CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson with the Arkansas Highway Police.
“Because they are such an important part of the braking system, the failure of hoses or tubing can cause problems for the entire braking system.”
USA vs Canada
CVSA released more results from its brake safety inspection blitz broken out between the U.S. and Canada.
The U.S. conducted 8,738 commercial motor vehicle inspections while Canada conducted 1,620.
In the U.S., 16.6% of commercial motor vehicles were placed out of service for brake violations.
In Canada, 13.5% of commercial motor vehicles were placed out of service for brake violations.
Nearly 84% of commercial motor vehicles inspected did not have any critical brake-related inspection item violations.
Most Common Brake Safety Violations
According to FMCSA’s Analysis and Information Online 2019 calendar year data snapshot as of June 28, 2019, out of 1.8 million inspections, the most common violations were:
1. Clamp or roto type brake out of adjustment (86,296)
2. CMV manufactured after Oct. 19, 1994, has an automatic brake adjustment system that fails to compensate for wear (45,594)
3. Brake hose or tubing chafing and/or kinking (37,737)
4. No or defective ABS malfunction indicator lamp for trailer manufactured after March 1, 1998 (37,343)
5. Inoperative/defective brakes (32,125)
CVSA is holding another brake safety enforcement event this year, Brake Safety Week, which is scheduled for September 15-21, at participating jurisdictions throughout North America.
Click HERE to learn more.