The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced Brake Safety Week will be held Sept. 16-22, which law enforcement will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles (CMV) in order to identify and remove critical brake violations from the nation’s roadways.
Each inspection will serve the purpose of identifying out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and antilock braking system (ABS) violations as part of the CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program, according to a CVSA news release.
In previous years, CVSA held a Brake Safety Day to help reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), but in recent years elevated the inspections to a week-long blitz. Inspectors will be advised to not only identify, but remove vehicles from roadways that have critical brake violations.
The ultimate goal of Brake Safety Week is to reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on CMVs.
This nationwide inspections comes just months after Roadcheck 2018 and will take place a couple of months after Annual Safe Driver Week July 15-21. During Roadcheck 2018, law enforcement stopped hundreds of thousands of CMVs to check for violations, specifically relating to ELD and hours-of-service violations.
Medallion Transport & Logistics had zero ELD/HOS violations during the 72-hour period.
Be Prepared for Brake Safety Week
Vehicle operators can prepare for the inspection by using performance-based brake testing, and ensuring vehicles are properly and regularly maintained.
The one-day inspection replaces the previously seven-day Brake Safety Week campaign in previous years.
Medallion Transport will continue to publish ways for its entire fleet to prepare for the inspection and continue to ensure vehicles are the safest possible for the roadways.
Brake Safety Week is sponsored by the CVSA in partnership with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
- Inspector’s will follow a seven-point plan through an inspection including: driver’s license, registration, low air warning device, pushrod travel, brake linings/drums, leaks and air loss rate and tractor protection system
- Specifically in regards to the brake system, inspectors are going to focus on eight specific features
- Checking the air brake mechanical components
- Checking the steering axle air brake mechanical components
- Checking the brake adjustment
- Building the air system’s pressure to 90-100 psi
- Checking the antilock braking system (ABS) if applicable
- Testing the air loss rate, if necessary
- Testing the low air pressure warning device
- Checking the tractor protection system
- Check for leaks and cracks, including air chambers, drum brakes and other linings that may have been oil-saturated
Questions? Contact Medallion Transport & Logistics
Medallion’s Safety Team is ready to assist with driver education and training to ensure the company’s fleet is safe on the road and compliant with the latest laws. For questions about driver safety, give us a call at 704-235-0460 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.