Results of 2017 Brake Safety Day released by CVSA
Posted November 8, 2017
This year’s Brake Safety Day, held on September 7, 2017, throughout the United States and Canada, focused on identifying brake system deficiencies on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and resulted in 14 percent of vehicles being placed out of service due to brake-related violations.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) reports that 7,698 vehicle inspections were performed during Brake Safety Day, with 6,361 inspected in the United States and 1,337 in Canada.
Most of the CMVs stopped during the event did not have any out-of-service conditions. Twenty-two percent of vehicles (1,680) were placed out of service for vehicle violations of any kind. Of those, 1,064 were placed out of service for defective brakes.
Brake Safety Day also provided data on antilock braking systems (ABS). Many participating jurisdictions counted ABS violations, which included when the malfunction lamp did not work or the malfunction lamp stayed on, indicating a fault of some kind.
|2017 Brake Safety Day ABS Violations|
|Number/vehicle type requiring ABS||Number with violations|
|5,456 power units||11 percent (610)|
|3,749 trailers||14 percent (540)|
|821 hydraulic-braked trucks||5 percent (45)|
|49 buses||10 percent (5)|
Brake Safety Day is part of CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program in partnership with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). A total of 40 jurisdictions participated, 31 U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces/territories.
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