A surprise inspection blitz was conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance focused on brake safety issues back in May. All told, 1,600 trucks were placed out of service during the blitz. And there’s more to come.
On May 15th, law enforcement officials partnered with the CVSA conducted a surprise inspection blitz in 45 U.S. states and territories and 10 Canadian provinces and territories. The focus of the enforcement was on brake safety. All told, 10,358 CMVs were inspected as part of the blitz; 8,738 in the U.S. and 1,620 in Canada.
The out-of-service rate in the U.S. was higher than in Canada at 16.6% and 13.5% respectively. Of those vehicles inspected, 16.1% (1,667) CMVs were placed out of service for safety-critical brake-related issues. The most common issues involved hoses and tubing, often kinked or rubbing together and wearing out.
“Brake hoses and tubing must be properly attached, undamaged, without leaks and appropriately flexible,” said CVSA President Jay Thompson. “Because they are such an important part of the braking system, the failure of hoses or tubing can cause problems for the entire braking system.”
This news is especially timely since the CVSA is holding their annual week-long Brake Safety Week between September 15th and 21st this year. Give your brakes and brake lines an extra close look during your pre-trip next time!