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Brake Safety Week: September 7-13, 2014 


Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation. CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be inspected and maintained carefully and consistently so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle's life. Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.


Brake Safety Week - September 7-13, 2014 - is part of the Operation Airbrake program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). During the week-long brake safety campaign, CMV inspectors will conduct brake system inspections (primarily Level IV Inspections) on trucks and buses throughout North America to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations.


Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage (representing half - 49.6 percent during Roadcheck 2013) of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capacity and stopping distance of trucks and buses, which poses a serious risk to driver and public safety.


Brake inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week include inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts, air or hydraulic fluid leaks, worn linings, pads, drums or rotors, and other faulty brake-system components. Antilock braking systems (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps also are checked. Inspectors will inspect brake components and measure pushrod stroke when appropriate. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service. Read more about the inspection procedure.


Additional inspections may include some Level I Inspections and, in ten participating jurisdictions, overall vehicle braking efficiency will be tested using performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment. These systems include a slow speed roller dynamometer that measure total vehicle weight and total brake force, from which braking efficiency is calculated. The minimum braking efficiency for trucks is 43.5 percent, required by U.S. federal regulation and the CVSA Out-of-Service Criteria.


Outreach and educational efforts by CMV inspectors, participating motor carriers and others in the industry also take place during Brake Safety Week and are integral to the success of the campaign.


In 2013, more than 20,000 vehicles were inspected. View the 2013 results. More than 30,000 brake inspections are expected to be conducted during 2014 Brake Safety Week. More than 3.4 million brakes have been inspected since the program's inception in 1998.


In addition to Brake Safety Week, CVSA also holds an unannounced brake inspection day each year in the spring. This year, the Operation Airbrake unannounced inspection day was on May 7, 2014. Click here to read about the results.



Brake Safety Week Recommendations from Bendix an Idealease Preferred Supplier

"For Operation Air Brake, pre-trip brake inspections take on added importance," said Gary Ganaway, director of marketing and global customer solutions for Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake.

"We suggest that drivers test for leaks, examine brake shoes, and measure chamber stroke in accordance with Technology & Maintenance Council and industry standard practices."

To check for leaks, Bendix suggests a 90 to 100 psi brake application, followed by a walk-around inspection of the vehicle, while listening for audible leaks. The CVSA inspection will also test the vehicle's low air pressure warning device, and, if a leak is detected, measure the air loss rate.

Brake shoes should be examined for cracks and checked to ensure they meet the minimum lining thickness standards.

To measure the chamber stroke on each wheel-end, Bendix typically recommends checking the distance from the chamber to the pin with the brakes released, and again after a fully charged brake application. Drivers can incur fines if the difference between the two measurements - the chamber stroke - is outside allowable limits on 25% of a truck's wheel-ends.

For foundation drum brakes, fleets should follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding the adjustment of slack adjusters.

In conducting general wheel-end inspections, Bendix emphasizes close attention to the rubber boots on brakes, where cracks or tears could allow moisture to get inside.

As safety requirements evolve and commercial vehicles continue to advance technologically, regularly scheduled preventive maintenance, along with continued driver and technician training, will become even more vital to the industry.

"Proper brake adjustment and maintenance are more important than ever to commercial vehicle and roadway safety - especially with the first phase of new Reduced Stopping Distance requirements implemented in 2011, and the second phase set to take effect in 2013," Ganaway said.





Driver results for 2014 were as follows:

  • All inspections that included drivers: 95.2 percent of drivers had no OOS violations, and 4.8 percent were placed Out of Service (4.3 percent were Out of Service in 2013).
  • Level I inspections: 96.0 percent of drivers had no OOS violations, and 4.0 percent were placed Out of Service (4.3 percent were Out of Service in 2013).
  • HazMat: 97.0 percent of drivers carrying HM had no OOS violations, and 3.0 percent were placed Out of Service (2.4 percent were Out of Service in 2013).
  • Passenger carrying vehicles: 96.1 percent of drivers had no OOS violations, and 3.9 percent were placed Out of Service (3.1 percent were placed Out of Service in 2013). 


Vehicle results for 2014 were as follows: 

  • All inspections that included vehicles: 81.3 percent of vehicles had no OOS violations, and 18.7 percent were placed Out of Service (20.6 percent were Out of Service in 2013).
  • Level I inspections: 77.0 percent of vehicles had no OOS violations, and 23.0 percent were placed Out of Service (24.1 percent were Out of Service in 2013).
  • HazMat inspections: 84.0 percent of vehicles carrying HM had no OOS violations, and 16.0 percent were placed Out of Service (16.5 percent were Out of Service in 2013).
  • Passenger carrying vehicles: 90.7 percent of vehicles had no OOS violations, and 9.3 percent were placed Out of Service (7.1 percent were Out of Service in 2013). 

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