The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week will proceed as scheduled, Aug. 23-29. CVSA was able to successfully run Safe Driver Week in July, so they should have no problem with this. Enforcement officials will inspect commercial motor vehicles throughout the week and vehicles found to have critical out-of-service brake violations or another critical vehicle out-of-service inspection item violations will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected. Vehicles that pass eligible inspections may receive a passed-inspection CVSA decal.
Brake Safety Week is part of law enforcement’s effort to reduce brake-related crashes by conducting roadside inspections and identifying and removing unsafe commercial motor vehicles from roadways. During this year’s Brake Safety Week inspectors will be paying special attention to brake hoses/tubing to highlight the importance of those components to vehicle mechanical fitness and safety.
During last year’s International Road Check inspection and enforcement initiative, brake system and brake adjustment violations accounted for 45.1% of all out-of-service conditions. That’s more than any other vehicle violation category. And during last year, 13.5% of the commercial motor vehicles inspected had brake-related vehicle inspection item violations and were placed out of service.
Brake Safety Week closes out August, which is Brake Safety Awareness Month. Along with inspections and enforcement, law enforcement agencies also engage in outreach and awareness efforts to educate drivers, motor carriers, mechanics, owner-operators, and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance, operation, and performance.
For commercial drivers that run between New York and Canada, this is the first enforcement blitz conducted after Trusted Traveler Programs have been restored for New York State licensed drivers. There are around 30,000 commercial truck drivers are enrolled in FAST at four New York-Canada ports of entry.
This is done via a partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.