Get ready for a week of safety checks where inspectors will be taking an extra hard look at your brakes: CVSA’s Brake Safety Week is here.
From September 15th through the 21st, CMV enforcement officers will be stepping up their inspections as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week. But brakes aren’t the only thing being checked out. Most inspectors will be performing full Level I inspections, just with a bit of extra time dedicated to brake systems.
According to the CVSA website, “inspectors will be paying special attention to brake hoses/tubing.” So now’s a good time to spend a little longer on your pre-trip and double-check those hoses and tubes. CVSA says that “brake hoses/tubing must be properly attached, undamaged, without leaks and appropriately flexible.”
“We all know how important a properly functioning brake system is to vehicle operation,” said CVSA President Jay Thompson. “All components of the brake system must always be in proper operating condition. Brake systems and their parts and components must be routinely checked and carefully and consistently maintained to ensure the health and safety of the overall vehicle.”
During CVSA’s Roadcheck enforcement blitz in June, the most common reason for a truck being placed Out-Of-Service was for brake system violations, making up 28% of all vehicle OOS orders.