2022 Brake Safety Week
Brake Safety Week is just around the corner taking place from August 21 to August 27, 2022.
During Brake Safety Week, commercial motor vehicle inspectors conduct brake system inspections and their usual Level I & V inspections on large trucks and buses throughout North America to identify brake-system violations.
Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle operation. Commercial motor vehicle brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions; however, they must be inspected and maintained carefully and consistently, so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life.
Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. 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 the driver and public safety.
Brake Safety Week Results from 2021
In 2021’s Brake Safety Week, 12% of the 35,764 commercial motor vehicles inspected were placed out of service for brake-related violations, which is consistent with the past several years during Brake Safety Week. In addition, during Brake Safety Week, inspectors in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. recorded 5,667 brake hose chafing violations, which are common brake-related violations, whether out-of-service or not. Inspectors reported brake hose chafing violations in five different categories, illustrating levels of chafing severity, including two which are out-of-service conditions, and submitted that data to CVSA.
Fifty Canadian and U.S. jurisdictions, and Mexico’s National Guard and Ministry of Communications and Transportation participated in last year’s Brake Safety Week, which is a voluntary commercial motor vehicle safety initiative. In Canada, 1,903 commercial motor vehicles were inspected. The brake-related out-of-service rate was 15.4%. The out-of-service rate related to brakes in the U.S. was 13.5% out of the 28,694 commercial motor vehicles inspected. And in Mexico, 5,167 inspections were conducted with a brake-specific out-of-service rate of 2.6%.
Len Dubois Trucking Expects Zero Violations
We know our drivers and owner-operators are true professionals that are dedicated to safety. Drivers are expected to conduct their pre-trip inspections to ensure that their units remain in top working condition while out on the road. This is important for your safety, as well as the safety of the motorists with whom you share the roadways.
If there are any maintenance issues with your truck, please contact the shop immediately and they will help you get it fixed. Safety is a team effort!