Thousands of trucks were pulled off the road as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week. Of the vehicles inspected, 13.5% were put out of service for “critical brake violations.”
Every year, the CVSA runs their Brake Safety Week. It’s a week-long enforcement and education blitz, but unlike other nationwide efforts, it’s focused on one specific aspect of truck safety: Brakes.
This year, Brake Safety Week ran from September 15th-21st. During that time, inspectors conducted 34,320 inspections of CMVs. 4,626 trucks were placed out of service for brake violations. That number does not include trucks placed out of service for other issues enforcement personnel discovered during the inspection.
The most common brake violations by far were chafed rubber hose violations (2,704 trucks) and kinked thermoplastic hoses (1,683 trucks). So much so that the CVSA didn’t bother reporting number amounts for other violations.
While a 13.5% OOS rate may seem high, it’s actually an improvement from last year when it was up above 14%.
“This inspection and enforcement event reminds drivers and motor carriers of the importance of properly functioning brakes and spotlights the work done by inspectors, motor carriers and drivers every day to keep our roadways safe by ensuring vehicles are in appropriate working condition,” said CVSA President John Samis.