The Annual CVSA Brake Inspection Week is now the Annual CVSA Brake Inspection Day. We’re less than two weeks away from the major international inspection blitz.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance runs the “enforcement and compliance campaign” as part of the Operation Airbrake Program. Until this year the inspection blitz has taken place over the course of an entire week. This year however, the announced portion of the inspections will take place on September 7th, with at least one additional surprise Brake Check Day that was conducted in May.
According to the CVSA’s website, “the goal of Brake Safety Day is to reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by conducting roadside mechanical fitness inspections, and identifying and removing vehicles with critical brake violations from our roadways.”
Last year officials conducted 18,385 inspections, but it is unclear how many will be performed this year since the blitz will happen over only one day. May’s unannounced blitz conducted a total of 9,524 inspections and placed 21% of vehicles out of service. While the blitz was focused on brake safety, about half of the OOS orders resulted from non-brake-related violations.
That surprise blitz was conducted in only 33 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces, so it’s a fair bet that even more inspections will be carried out on September 7th.
According to the CVSA, the majority of officials will be conducting standard Level I Inspections. In addition, some exam locations will also be doing “performance-based brake testing” using specialty equipment to determine braking efficiency.
During this year’s International Roadcheck, by far the most common reason that a vehicle was placed out of service was for issues with the brake systems. The total OOS rates were the highest they’ve been in recent years – an indication that Brake Check Day could be similarly tough on truckers.
So if you’ve been delaying maintenance, or just haven’t had your brakes checked out in a while, now might be a good time!