The CVSA has announced that results from its unannounced Brake Safety Day examination event indicate that the majority of the vehicles investigated (79%) did not have any serious item vehicle violations. During the Break Safety Day, law enforcement agencies through North America are supposed to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, antilock braking system (ABS) violations as part of CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s) Operation Airbike Program.
The results indicate that from 9524 inspections conducted 79% of fleets did not have any serious item vehicle violations. It should be noted that 8140 of those inspections were conducted inside the U.S., and 1384 took place in Canada.
The main objective of Brake Safety Day was to conduct roadside inspections in order to find and remove those vehicles which have critical brake violations from the highway in an effort to decrease the number of crashes that are caused or made more serious because of the poorly kept braking systems on commercial vehicles.
In addition, 21% of all inspections resulted in a vehicle placed out of service for violations. Moreover, 12% from the above mentioned 21% resulted in a break-related violation putting a vehicle out of service.
The event also aimed to evaluate how well ABS are upheld in accordance with federal regulations. Several participating jurisdictions surveyed ABS acquiescence found the following:
• 4,635 air-braked trucks and tractors require ABS; 8% (391) of which had identified to have ABS violations
• 3,222 trailers require ABS; from which 15% (487) had identified to have ABS violations
• 723 hydraulic-backed trucks required ABS; 6% (41) had identified to have ABS violations
• 57 buses required ABS; 11 %( 6) had identified to have ABS violations
It should be noted that CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program is going to hold brake safety enforcement event this year. The next Brake Safety Day event is going to take place on Thursday, September 7, 2017, through Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., participating jurisdictions.
Break Safety Day is portion of the Operation Airbrake Program sponsored by CVSA, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.