GREENBELT, Md. — Brake violations continue to be cause for concern for enforcement personnel who routinely inspect commercial trucks and buses for violations.
In an effort to reduce bake system deficiencies and prevent brake-related crashes, enforcement personnel throughout Canada and the United States conducted 7,698 inspections on commercial trucks and buses September 7 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Day, putting 14 percent of the vehicles inspected out-of-service specifically for brake-related violations.
The good news is that 78 percent of vehicles inspected had zero OOS violations.
In total, 7,698 inspections were conducted as part of the event, with the U.S. conducting 6,361 CMV inspections and Canada holding 1,337.
Twenty-two percent of vehicles or 1,680 inspected were placed OOS for vehicle violations of any kind.
A total of 40 jurisdictions participated — 31 U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces/territories.
Brake Safety Day also captures data on how well antilock braking systems (ABS) are maintained in accordance with federal regulations, according to CVSA. ABS help the driver to stop in the shortest possible distance under many conditions and to maintain steering control in situations when tires start to slip.
Many participating jurisdictions surveyed ABS compliance. ABS violations were counted when the malfunction lamp did not work or the malfunction lamp stayed on, indicating a fault of some kind.
The findings are as follows:
"Brake-related violations are the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. CVSA’s Brake Safety Day provides an opportunity enhance brake safety," said CVSA President Capt. Christopher Turner with the Kansas Highway Patrol.
"Our goal is to reduce the number of crashes caused by faulty braking systems by conducting roadside inspections, educating drivers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake inspection and maintenance."
Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle operation. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency and increase the stopping distance of large trucks and buses, posing serious risks to driver and public safety, stated the CVSA in a news release about the event. “ABS, combined with the brake system, provide a platform for stability control and for other safety-enhancing systems to function.”
The event is part of CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program in partnership with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
More than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program’s inception in 1998.