Brake Safety Week 2015



Take a Break for Brake Safety Week

Brake Safety Week – September 6-12, 2015 – is part of the Operation Airbrake program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMV’s).  These brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be inspected and maintained carefully and consistently to remain effective. Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.

Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capacity and stopping distance of trucks and buses, which poses a serious risk to driver and public safety. During the week-long brake safety campaign, CMV inspectors will conduct brake system inspections (primarily Level IV Inspections) on trucks and buses throughout North America to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations.   

In 2014, 13,305 vehicles were inspected during Brake Safety Week. Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage (representing 46.2 percent during Roadcheck 2014) of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections.

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 systems (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps also are checked. Inspectors will inspect brake components and measure pushrod stroke when appropriate. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service.

To prepare for Brake Safety Week, HUB Transportation recommends:

Inform drivers and the vehicle maintenance team that Brake Safety Week is in early September

  • Put vehicles through vehicle safety lanes so that repairs can be made prior to September 6th
  • Have drivers closely monitor air pressure in the cab to detect brake issues and let maintenance know in a timely manner

Educate drivers on brake regulations so that they can have informative discussions with regulatory enforcement officers

HUB Transportation is bullish on driver safety and risk management.  Ensure that your fleet receives proper maintenance annually. 

To learn more about issues affecting your transportation risk and liability including driver retention, government regulations and contractual issues, contact a HUB Transportation expert today.