CVSA’S Brake Safety Day is Sept. 7, 2017

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Thurs­day, Sept. 7, 2017, is Brake Safety Day, an en­force­ment and com­pli­ance cam­paign where law en­force­ment agen­cies across North Amer­ica will con­duct in­spec­tions on large trucks and buses to iden­tify out-of-ad­just­ment brakes, and brake-sys­tem and an­tilock brak­ing sys­tem (ABS) vi­o­la­tions as part of the Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Safety Al­liance’s (CVSA) Op­er­a­tion Air­brake Pro­gram.

The goal of Brake Safety Day is to re­duce the num­ber of crashes caused by poorly main­tained brak­ing sys­tems on com­mer­cial mo­tor ve­hi­cles (CMVS) by con­duct­ing road­side me­chan­i­cal fit­ness in­spec­tions, and iden­ti­fy­ing and re­mov­ing ve­hi­cles with crit­i­cal brake vi­o­la­tions from our road­ways.

In ad­di­tion, out­reach and ed­u­ca­tional ef­forts by CMV in­spec­tors, mo­tor car­ri­ers and oth­ers are in­te­gral to the suc­cess of the cam­paign. Brake Safety Day ac­tiv­i­ties seek to ed­u­cate driv­ers, me­chan­ics, owner­op­er­a­tors and oth­ers on the im­por­tance of proper brake main­te­nance, op­er­a­tion and per­for­mance.

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. Im­prop­erly in­stalled or poorly main­tained brake sys­tems can re­duce brak­ing ef­fi­ciency and in­crease the stop­ping dis­tance of trucks and buses, pos­ing se­ri­ous risks to all high­way users and pub­lic safety. An­tilock brak­ing sys­tems help the ve­hi­cle, and thus the driver, main­tain con­trol in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions, which re­duces the risk of some types of crashes.

Brake-re­lated vi­o­la­tions com­prised the largest per­cent­age (rep­re­sent­ing 45.7 per­cent) of all outof-ser­vice vi­o­la­tions cited dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Air­brake’s com­pan­ion In­ter­na­tional Road check cam­paign in 2016, which fo­cused on in­spec­tions of both com­mer­cial mo­tor ve­hi­cles and driv­ers.

On Brake Safety Day, in­spec­tors will pri­mar­ily con­duct the North Amer­i­can Stan­dard Level I In­spec­tion, which is a 37-step pro­ce­dure that in­cludes an ex­am­i­na­tion of both driver op­er­at­ing re­quire­ments and ve­hi­cle me­chan­i­cal fit­ness. In­spec­tions con­ducted 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 brakesys­tem com­po­nents. ABS mal­func­tion in­di­ca­tor lamps are also checked. In­spec­tors will mea­sure pushrod stroke, where ap­pli­ca­ble. Ve­hi­cles with de­fec­tive or out-ofad­just­ment brakes will be placed out of ser­vice.

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