The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced dates for this year’s Brake Safety Week. The weeklong inspection blitz will take place from September 16 to September 22. And the special focus will be on brake components.

According to a press release by the CVSA, “Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation. Brakes must be routinely inspected and carefully and consistently maintained so they operate and perform to the manufacturer’s specifications throughout the life of the vehicle. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency, posing serious risk to public safety on our roadways,”

Last year, during the one-day brake inspection blitz, 14% of truck drivers were placed out-of-service because of brake-related violations. Brake-related violations were also on top during the CVSA International Roadcheck 2017.

The top three vehicle-related violation categories that led to out-of-service orders during the CVSA International Roadcheck 2017 were:

  1. Braking systems (26.9%)
  2. Cargo securement (15.7%)
  3. Tire/wheel assemblies (15.1%)

9,398 vehicles were given out-of-service status among all the Level I inspections.

The top 3 out-of-service violations for vehicles transporting hazardous materials/dangerous goods (HM/DG) were: loading and securement, shipping papers, and placarding.

Other key results are:

  • 12.8% out of the 2,267 HM/DG transports were placed out-of-service
  • 41.4% out of the 7,743 brake adjustment and braking system were placed out-of-service
  • 10.1% out of the 398 motor coaches were placed out-of-service

During the Brake Safety Week, the special focus will be on brake components. But most of the inspections will be Level 1 inspections.

A Level 1 inspection involves a 37-step procedure in which the CVSA inspector examines both the driver and the commercial motor vehicle.

Driver violation inspection categories include the following:

  • Commercial driver license (CDL)
  • Hours of Service (HOS) compliance
  • Medical examiner’s certificate
  • Possible alcohol and drug use
  • Records of duty status (RODS) compliance
  • Seatbelt usage
  • Skill performance evaluation (SPE) certificate

On the other hand, vehicle violation inspection categories include the following:

  • Braking, electrical, exhaust, and fuel systems
  • Cargo securement, hazardous material, and cargo tank specification compliance
  • Coupling and lighting device operations
  • Driveline/driveshafts and steering mechanisms
  • Emergency exit and windshield wiper operations
  • Open-top trailer and van bodies
  • Suspension, hub, rim, tire, and wheel assemblies

Additional reading: How Motive ensures compliance during inspections

Operation Safe Driver Week

Apart from the Brake Safety Week, the CVSA will also hold the Operation Safe Driver Week from July 15 to July 21.

During the Operation Safe Driver Week next month, safety officials will focus on seat belt enforcement, traffic violations, and driver regulatory compliance. Drivers will also be monitored for “unsafe driving behaviors.” That’s things like following too closely, improper lane shift, distracted driving, texting during driving, speeding, etc.

Last year, during the Operation Safe Driver Week 2017, nearly 39,000 citations and warnings were issued to truck drivers.

How Motive can help

The Motive ELD has a driver scorecards feature that enables fleet managers to track unsafe driving practices and identify drivers who need coaching.

The Motive ELD also monitors drivers for high-risk events like hard braking, hard cornering, and hard acceleration. Whenever the ELD detects any risky driving behavior, it automatically sends an alert.

Fleet managers can also see exactly how their drivers are performing with Safety Scores for individual drivers as well as for the overall fleet.

If you are looking for a powerful, compliant, and feature-rich ELD solution, try Motive, which is trusted by over 1 million registered drivers and 60,000 carriers.

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