The trucking industry deserves a pat on the back as the latest Brake Safety Week inspections have resulted in the lowest percentage of vehicles with brake violations severe enough to authorize out-of-service orders in more than 15 years. “This is encouraging news,” says CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) President Tom Fuller, a sergeant with the New York State Police. “Maintenance is a critical part of vehicle and carrier safety performance, brakes especially. The recent data indicates a positive trend in that direction. We appreciate responsible carriers taking it seriously and doing their part to make our highways safer.”
The CVSA conducted the Sept. 8-14 campaign jointly with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and with support from federal, state, provincial, and local safety inspectors throughout North America as part of the Operation Airbrake program. During Brake Safety Week, inspectors conduct either North American Standard Level I or Level IV inspections on the brake systems of selected commercial vehicles to see if they are in regulatory compliance. Inspectors also take those opportunities to impart the importance of proper brake maintenance.
This year, 20,067 vehicles were inspected during the week resulting in 2,714 placed out-of-service for brake violations. That comprised an out-of-service rate of 13.5 percent compared with 15.3 percent for the same week in 2012. This most recent rate for out-of-service violations ties with May 2013 and September 2010 percentages for the lowest out-of-service rates ever recorded since 1998.
“This achievement shows that we are moving in the right direction,” said FMCSA Anne S. Ferro, “but the results also reveal that collective efforts are still necessary to make commercial vehicle operations across the continent the safest possible.”
The out-of-service rates for brake adjustment were 9.2 percent in the U.S. and 6.2 percent in Canada. Out-of-service orders for brake adjustment numbered 1,434 or 7.1 percent of the vehicles. Out-of-service rates for brake components numbered 1,434 or 7.1 percent of the inspected vehicles. Vehicles placed out-of-service for brakes overall numbered 2,714 or 13.5 percent of the vehicles.