Week-Long CMV Brake Inspection Blitz Coming as Scheduled

Greenbelt, MD – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week will proceed as scheduled in August.

In an announcement on Tuesday, the CVSA informed that enforcement officials will inspect commercial motor vehicles (CMV) throughout the week of August 23-29 as part of its annual week-long brake inspection blitz.




 

Vehicles found to have critical out-of-service brake violations, or other critical vehicle out-of-service inspection item violations, will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected, CVSA said.

Inspectors will be paying special attention to brake hoses/tubing during this year’s Brake Safety Week.

CVSA urged CMV operators to make certain brake hoses/tubing are properly attached, undamaged, without leaks and appropriately flexible.

During last year’s Brake Safety Week, CVSA inspectors conducted 34,320 inspections.




 

Officials placed 4,626 (13.5%) vehicles out of service after “critical brake-related conditions” were identified during roadside inspections, CVSA reported.

The majority of CMVs inspected (86.5%) did not have any critical brake-related inspection item violations.

Topping the list of violations was “chafed” rubber hoses, according to CVSA.

CVSA inspectors reported 2,704 of such violations.




 

Other top violations included chafed thermoplastic hoses (1,347 units) and kinked thermoplastic hoses (1,683 instances).

In addition to CVSA’s Brake Safety Week, August 2020 is also Brake Safety Awareness Month.

Along with inspections and enforcement, law enforcement agencies will also engage in outreach and awareness efforts to “educate drivers, motor carriers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance, operation and performance,” CVSA said.

 


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