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
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
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.