September 7, 2017, was Brake Safety Day — an annual activity conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) where they inspected buses and large trucks in North America for brake-related issues.

The results of the event were recently released and showed that 14 percent or 1,064 commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) of the 7,698 vehicles inspected were placed out of service due to faulty brake systems.

Composed of trucking representatives and highway safety officials from each state, the CVSA establishes enforcement policies and practices as well as the out-of-service (OOS) criteria.

A thorough examination

Inspectors used a comprehensive, 37-step process to identify and put vehicles with brake issues off the road.

The primary goal of Brake Safety Day is to decrease the number of road accidents. Road accidents often happen because of vehicles with faulty brake systems. In fact, in most of the CVSA’s inspections, brake-related issues are quite prevalent.

The 2016 International Roadcheck program showed that 45.7 percent of OOS violations were related to brake problems.

A common issue

As mentioned earlier, brake issues are common during CVSA inspections.

The CVSA’s President, Capt. Christopher Turner, said, “Brake-related violations are the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. CVSA’s Brake Safety Day provides an opportunity to enhance brake safety.”

Our goal is to reduce the number of crashes caused by faulty braking systems, by conducting roadside inspections, educating drivers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake inspection and maintenance.”

The CVSA stressed that “properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation.

“Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency and increase the stopping distance of large trucks and buses, posing serious risks to the driver and public safety,” the group pointed out.

Brake safety day with other results

  • There were 7,698 inspections during the day-long activity.
  • The United States conducted 6,361 commercial motor vehicle inspections while Canada did 1,337.
  • Twenty-two percent or 1,680 of the vehicles inspected were taken off the road for other issues.
  • Seventy-eight percent of the vehicles examined had no OOS conditions.
  • Forty jurisdictions composed of 31 U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces/territories took part in Brake Safety Day.

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