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Brake Service Violations Increase to 13.2%, CVSA Says

November 14, 2016

The results from the 2016 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week have revealed a slight increase in out-of-service violations compared to last year’s inspection period.

For 2016, enforcement members of CVSA conducted 18,385 commercial vehicle and brake-system inspections during the week resulting in brake-related out-of-service violations in 13.2% of vehicles. Local, state, provincial, territorial, and federal inspectors throughout the U.S. and Canada conducted inspections to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations.

Roadside inspections included examining brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, cracked, damaged or worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components.

This year, inspectors also checked anti-lock braking system indicator lamps for compliance with jurisdictional regulations. Partcipatng jurisdicitons collected data for an ABS survey looking at the prevalence of ABS systems and related violations on trucks and trailers.

As many as 93.2% of air-braked trucks and 90.4% of hydraulic-braked trucks required ABS based on their date of manufacture while 89.4% of air-braked trailers required ABS based on manufacturing date. Of those inspected, 8.8% of all ABS-required trucks were found with ABS violations while 15.8% of all trailers requiring ABS were found with ABS violations.

Around 7.6% of trailers were not subject to ABS requirements because they had neither air brakes or hydraulic brakes. Inspections also included 328 buses and motor coaches during the event, 80.8% of which required ABS systems. Only two buses violated ABS requirement regulations.

“Brakes must be routinely checked and properly maintained to ensure the safety of the commercial motor vehicle, the CMV driver and everyone else on the road,” said Julius Debuschewitz of Yukon Highways and Public Works, CVSA president. “Although brake inspections are a part of the Level I inspections conducted by our hard-working CMV inspectors every day, Brake Safety Week is an opportunity to remind motor carriers and drivers of the importance of brake health and safety, and it provides the opportunity for our inspectors to conduct targeted and focused inspections to identify and remove commercial motor vehicles that have brakes with critical violations from our roadways.”

Brake Safety Week is part of the Operation Airbrake Program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with FMCSA and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators. The Operation Airbrake Program is an international enforcement activity dedicated to preventing large truck and bus crashes, and saving lives throughout North America. The campaign seeks to highlight the importance of proper brake inspection and maintenance in an effort to reduce the number of brake-related violations discovered during a roadside inspection.


  1. 1. Richard [ November 15, 2016 @ 08:43AM ]

    Sounds like a return to the old days when the inspectors crawled under your truck with a couple of wrenches in hand if you get the drift.
    This was a common practice at the Truckee CA scale and a few others that had a service conveniently parked behind the inspection garage.


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