According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), “Out of adjustment air brakes and brake system defects constitute the major defect areas resulting in commercial vehicles being placed out of service.” Brake violations typically take around 5 out of the top 20 spots in each year’s ranking of out of service criteria.
In spite of tremendous advances in technology throughout the rest of the truck, one of the most important systems, the braking system, is still lacking in real-world reliability.
For nearly half a century, passenger-vehicle brakes have been reliable enough to require zero intervention between relines. Yet if a truck driver doesn’t spend at least part of each day doing the mechanic’s job, a truck’s brakes will be the most likely reason for a truck being red-tagged during an inspection.
In order to reduce the out of service rate for brake defects, a comprehensive campaign called Operation Air Brake was originally developed and initiated by Canada in 1998.
The CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial, and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from all over North America.
Each year, CVSA’s member agencies use Operation Air Brake & Brake Safety Week to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America. This year’s observance of Brake Safety Week runs from September 8th to September 14th.
Are your brakes in good working order?