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Brake Safety Week is an annual weekly event in August focused on inspecting commercial motor vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico for brake-related out-of-service violations. This year’s event happens August 21-27, and it’s a great opportunity for motor carrier companies to educate their drivers and maintenance employees on brake safety. During Brake Safety Week, inspectors will conduct the North American Standard Level I and V Inspections, reporting all brake-related data to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Results will be released in the fall.

Brake Safety Week 2021 results:

  • 35,764 commercial vehicles were inspected and 12% were restricted from travel due to critical brake-related issues
    • United States – 28,694 vehicles inspected and 13.5% out-of-service rate
    • Canada – 1903 vehicles inspected and 15.4% out-of-service rate
    • Mexico – 5167 vehicles inspected and 2.6% out-of-service rate

Preparing for Brake Safety Week

Keep in mind even though brake systems are the focus of Brake Safety Week inspections, any type of critical violation can result in out-of-service orders. The CVSA has a great cheat sheet for roadside inspections in general, which can be found here, and for a more detailed list focusing on what inspectors look for during brake inspections, check out the Brake Inspection Checklist

Some best practices to keep your commercial vehicles safe and on the road:

  • Establish vehicle maintenance and record-keeping protocols
  • Train your drivers on pre- and post-trip brake inspections
  • Schedule and perform vehicle maintenance regularly – including ahead of Brake Safety Week
  • Educate your team – both drivers and maintenance – on the importance of brake safety

Improperly functioning brakes pose a very serious safety risk, and those out-of-service violations come with a hefty fine and lost time on the road. For 2022, let’s play it safe and keep on truckin’ by taking steps today to pass those upcoming possible inspections.

This year’s Brake Safety Week is scheduled for Aug. 22-28. During Brake Safety Week, commercial motor vehicle inspectors emphasize the importance of brake systems by conducting inspections and removing commercial motor vehicles found to have brake-related out-of-service violations from our roadways.

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Did you know that brake system was the third most cited vehicle-related factor in fatal commercial and passenger vehicle crashes, according to a recent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report? Routine brake system inspections and component replacement are vital to the safety of commercial motor vehicles, which means a safer environment for those workers in those vehicle. as well as the general population using the roads.

This year’s Brake Safety Week is scheduled for August 22-28. Focusing on the importance of brake systems, commercial motor vehicle inspectors conduct North American Standard Inspections of commercial motor vehicles and removing any vehicles found to have brake-related out-of-service violations from the roadways. This is a great opportunity for those in the motor carrier business to also educate their drivers and maintenance service providers on the importance of brake system safety.

Last year’s findings during Brake Safety Week saw 12% of the 43,565 commercial motor vehicles inspected did indeed have brake-related violation and were placed out-of-service. Having a vehicle taken out of commission is a costly business expense, so routine maintenance is essential to ensure your brake system efficiency doesn’t fall below the minimum of 43.5%. Special attention is paid to brake hoses and tubing during inspections to make sure they are properly attached, undamaged, without leaks, appropriately flexible, and free from leaks, corrosion and other damage.

Some common areas you should be visually inspecting on a regular basis to keep your commercial vehicles safe on the road:
• Air brake chamber
• Brake hoses and tubing
• Cotter pins
• Clevis pings
• Slack adjuster
• Air lines

Brake Safety Week is a great reminder to proactively check and service your vehicles, which should be part of your process all year long. Here’s a Brake Inspection Checklist from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which is a nonprofit whose mission is to improve commercial motor vehicle safety and uniformity throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico by providing guidance and education to enforcement, industry and policy makers.

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