The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently scheduled this year’s Brake Safety Week for August 21-27, 2022. This annual event emphasizes the importance of ensuring sufficient brake systems in commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Specifically, the event highlights the role that brake maintenance and efficiency plays in reducing brake-related truck crashes on the road.
The focus of this year’s event is brake hoses and tubing. During this weeklong initiative, certified vehicle inspectors will review CMVs using the CVSA’s North American out-of-service criteria and remove any CMVs with brake-related violations from the roadways. Conducting these inspections, identifying brake-related violations and placing unsafe CMVs out of service is important for the following reasons:
- Brake-related violations are common. During an unannounced, one-day inspection and enforcement initiative in April 2022, 46 jurisdictions in Canada and the United States removed 1,290 CMVs with brake-related critical vehicle inspection item violations from North American roadways. This number represented 14.1% of the 9,132 CMVs inspected that day.
- Brake-related violations are on the rise. More than one-third (38.9%) of all CMV out-of-service conditions stemmed from brake system and adjustment violations during the CVSA’s International Roadcheck inspection and enforcement initiative in 2021, representing a slight increase from the previous year’s findings.
- Brake-related failures can be fatal. The third-most cited vehicle-related factor among fatal CMV and passenger vehicle crashes was brake system failures, according to a recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) report.
The CVSA consistently schedules Brake Safety Week in August, in conjunction with Brake Safety Awareness Month. The announcement of the event takes place in advance to allot time for motor carriers, commercial drivers and mechanics to assess and service their vehicles—thus ensuring their CMVs (especially their brake systems) are in safe working condition on the roadways.
At the end of Brake Safety Week, inspectors will combine the data they collected and submit the results to the CVSA. The CVSA will then report its findings later in the year.
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