Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week

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Brake Inspections

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week takes place through September 11 – 17, 2016. Throughout this week, inspectors will be keying in on brake safety. Law enforcement agencies will conduct inspections on commercial vehicles to look for out-of-adjustment brakes, brake systems, and anti-lock braking systems. Within specifications, CVSA stated that inspectors will be on the lookout for “loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake system components.”

Additionally, inspectors will also be checking for ABS malfunction indicator lights, assuring that they are properly working. Any commercial trucks that fail to meet their standard will result in the vehicle being placed out-of-service. According to CVSA, most inspections will be full Level 1 inspections, and 10 jurisdictions will be using performance-based brake testing to measure braking efficiency.

Furthermore, “CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be routinely inspected and maintained carefully and consistently so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce breaking efficiency and increase the stopping distance of trucks and buses, posing serious risks to drivers and public safety.”