2015 Annual Brake Safety Week Inspection

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2015 Annual Brake Safety Week Inspection

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that this year’s Brake Safety Week inspection blitz will be from September 6-12, 2015.

Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation. CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be routinely inspected and maintained carefully and consistently so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.

Brake-related violations comprised the largest percentage (representing 46.2 percent) of all out-of-service violations cited during Operation Airbrake’s companion International Roadcheck campaign in 2014, which is focused on both vehicles and drivers. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capacity and increase stopping distance of trucks and buses, which pose serious risks to driver and public safety.

Brake inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week 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 brake-system components. Antilock braking system (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps also are checked. Inspectors will inspect brake components and measure pushrod stroke where applicable. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service. Read more about CVSA’s inspection procedures.

According to CVSA, state and federal inspectors will be looking for loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums and rotors, and other faulty brake-system components. Inspectors will also be checking anti-lock braking system malfunction indicator lamps.

For more information on Brake Safety Week, click HERE or call a SW Risk Trucking Specialist at (480) 290-2222.

SW Risk Trucking Team

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