1,600 CMVs out of service after surprise inspection blitz
Posted July 20, 2018
An unannounced brake inspection event in April placed nearly 1,600 commercial vehicles out of service for brake violations.
Over 11,500 roadside inspections were conducted across 52 jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada during the April 25, 2018, event conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).
The one-day inspection event, known as Brake Safety Day, resulted in 1,595 trucks and buses taken out of service for brake violations, which is 13.8 percent of the vehicles inspected.
Many participating enforcement agencies surveyed anti-lock braking system (ABS) compliance, with the following results:
- Air-braked trucks and tractors: 8,128 required ABS; 10.2 percent had ABS violations.
- Trailers: 5,331 required ABS; 14.3 percent had ABS violations.
- Hydraulic-braked trucks: 1,299 required ABS; 3.5 percent had ABS violations.
- Buses: 95 required ABS; 2.1 percent had ABS violations.
The CVSA holds brake-focused enforcement events throughout the year to identify and remove commercial motor vehicles with dangerous brake issues. The events are also used to educate drivers, mechanics, and others on the importance of proper brake inspection, maintenance, and operation.
The CVSA is holding another brake safety enforcement event this year, known as Brake Safety Week, scheduled for September 16-22 throughout North America.
This article was written by Daren Hansen of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
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