The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is drumming up awareness for its Brake Safety Day on Thursday, September 7, 2017. During this enforcement and compliance campaign, law enforcement agencies across Mexico, the United States, and Canada will conduct inspections on buses and large trucks to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, brake-system, and antilock braking system (ABS) failures and violations as part of the CVSA Operation Airbrake Program.
This one-day event replaces the week-long affair of previous years and follows the unannounced Brake Safety Day on May 3rd of this year. The goal of the “surprise” and the official Brake Safety Day is to make commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) safer. Brake Safety Day activities seek to educate drivers, mechanics, owner-operators, and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance, operation, and performance.
Drivers and operators are aware that properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation. While these brake systems are designed to hold up under tough conditions, they must be routinely and consistently inspected and maintained, so they continue to operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems reduce braking efficiency, increase the stopping distance of trucks and buses, and pose serious risks to all highway users and public safety.
On Brake Safety Day, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements, vehicle mechanical fitness, and the following brake-system components:
- Loose or missing parts
- Air or hydraulic fluid leaks
- Worn linings, pads, drums, and rotors
- ABS malfunction indicator lamps
- Other faulty brake-system components
Furthermore, the 10 jurisdictions that use performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment will also measure vehicle braking efficiency. Braking efficiency is determined by total vehicle weight and total brake force measurements, and it is measured with a slow speed roller dynamometer. Inspectors will also measure the pushrod stroke where applicable.
Vehicles with defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will be placed out of service.
More than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program’s inception in 1998. Brake-related violations comprised the largest percentage (45.7 percent) of all out-of-service violations cited during the 2016 International Roadcheck campaign, which focused on inspections of both commercial motor vehicles and drivers.
Brake Safety Day is part of the Operation Airbrake Program, and it is sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA).
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