Brake inspection blitz issues puts 3,248 trucks out of service

By CCJ Staff on

For the second year straight, the number of out-of-service violations issues during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week (Sept. 9-15) rose. 

This year, 3,248 trucks were placed out of service for brake-related violations — 15.3 percent of the 21,255 trucks inspected. In 2011, 14.2 percent of the 30,872 vehicles inspected were placed out of service, and 13.5 percent were issued out-of-service notices in 2010. 

Brake adjustment violations accounted for 1,993, 9.4 percent, of the out-of-service notices, and 1,664 were placed out of service for brake component violations. There was some crossover, so the numbers add up to more than the total 3,248. 

This year’s violation rate was also higher than 2009′s, in which 15.1 percent of inspected vehicles were placed out of service, but lower than 2007 and 2008 — 17.8 percent and 18.4 percent, respectively. 

Brake Safety Week is a spur campaign of Operation Airbrake, a program put on by CVSA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and is held because “brakes were cited as an associated factor in nearly three of ten CMV crashes,” says the CVSA announcement, referencing a study by Large Crash Causation. 

6 comments
Kurt
Kurt

15% failure rate would result in a mandatory recall for most issues in the automotive industry, but year after year is allowed in the trucking industry. WHY?

 

gdamifino
gdamifino

Easy Money!!!! CSA is nothing but another revenue generator. Tell me Dave? Did the officer smile as he put another "Killer Truck" out of service?

kw dude
kw dude

lets go back to manual slacks they worked fine they are not expensive and you layed under your equiptment and looked things over

OLD LOYD
OLD LOYD

Old Loyd agrees with Old Joe! Trucks and trailer have long been equiped with so-called "automatic" adjusters - which was/are advocated by the clowns that run "truck safety" for our government. When are these "safety advocates" going to hold the manufaturers resposible for these defective parts. Automatic adjusters have never worked and will never work.

Dave Barber
Dave Barber

Well i had one of the trucks put out of service,the front steering had a rust hole as big as your finger, after the local officer made it that way,by poking at it. THE adjustment was a half inch ,and canister was solid and not leaking' he wrote it up ,as defective / inoperative. The Officer wanted it towed,my driver told him it wasn't going anywhere, that he was going to make repair,by the time i got there,they had gone ! I made repair on site,which could have been made at home ,and did not even need done ! Went to a hearing,case was dismissed by judge,now the question is ,will there be a notification to state ,and federal motor carrier safety administration. I asked the judge, and his answer was ,you should be glad it was dismissed . So now i guess,i may have to make some needed call's or the 3,248 will stay the same and the # is not correct , for what ,a bad rating, is it truly for safety or getting rid of small business! Note in the state of PA state & federal worker's, including bus driver's do not have to get a physical !!! SAFETY , only for the people without a large group or union, to belong to, it is a sad for the person,who want's to be self reliant .

Old Joe
Old Joe

Too many companies tell their drivers not to even get under the truck/trailer. When all we had were manual adjustments you paid attention to slack adjusters, clevis, s-cam bushing movement. Now the "modern" driver does not even know what those components are, let alone inspect them..



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