Nearly 1,700 trucks were placed out-of-service for brake-related and other violations during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Day on Sept. 7.
In total, inspectors in the U.S. and Canada inspected 7,698 commercial vehicles during the one-day event, and 22 percent were placed out-of-service for violations. Fourteen percent (or 1,064) of the 7,698 inspected vehicles had brake-related violations.
“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.”
CVSA also looks at how well antilock braking systems are maintained during the annual event. This year, 11 percent of air-braked tractors inspected that require ABS had ABS violations, and 14 percent of trailers inspected the require ABS had antilock brake violations.
This year was the first year CVSA has held its annual brake inspection blitz in just one day. Previously, it has been a week-long event. Last year, more than 18,000 trucks were inspected during the blitz, with 3,900 trucks being placed out-of-service for brake-related and other violations.