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Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) began its Brake Safety Week on Sunday. Part of the CVSA’s Operation Airbrake and running from Sept. 6 – 12, 2015, the goal is to ensure improvement in commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America. Brake-related violations were a significant portion of all Out-Of-Service (OOS) violations during Roadcheck 2014 representing over 46% of all OOS violations.

Brake inspections this week will mostly be Level IV Inspections and will include inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty components. The reason for this is because improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capacity and increase the stopping distance of trucks, which poses a serious risk to driver and public safety.

Additional inspections may include some Level I Inspections. There will also be outreach and educational efforts by CMV inspectors and others in the industry taking place during Brake Safety Week and are looked upon as integral to the success of the campaign. During the 2014 campaign 13,305 vehicle inspections were conducted and since the inception of the program in 1998 more than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected.

For more information on the CVSA and Operation Airbrake please visit their website at: http://www.cvsa.org/programs/op_airbrake.php